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Discovering Harry Potter

I thought Harry Potter was perfectly OK already before this Christmas, but although I've seen all three films to date, I'd only bothered to read the first two books, and had then got bored. Then I re-watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone late on Christmas night, and also spent a fascinating half-hour at Valid.Pop on Tuesday quizzing damien_mocata, whose knowledge of the books is quasi-encyclopaedic, about the plots of books 3, 4 and 5. I now see that I seem to have stopped reading just at the point when the initial process of establishing characters and setting had been completed, and before the interesting plot-twists and surprises had really begun.

Therefore, I have been spending some time over the last two evenings mooching around on sites such as J.K. Rowling's official site, MuggleNet.com (which has some really impressive articles!) and The Harry Potter Lexicon. I've found out lots of interesting things, and I think I shall now aim to continue reading the books in the new year. (Not straight away, though, as I got several for Xmas which I want to finish first). I still don't think J.K. Rowling's writing is ever going to thrill me in quite the way Diana Wynne Jones' does. But I now have greater respect for her ability to set up complex plots and mysteries, and to create well-defined characters.

I also got myself sorted into a House:

Want to Get Sorted?

I'm a Ravenclaw!

It is kind of what I expected / hoped for after damien_mocata and captainlucy told me all about the characteristics of the different Houses on Tuesday, but it's nice to have it confirmed.

Comments

strange_complex
Dec. 31st, 2004 02:37 am (UTC)
...come 16 July I (and much of the rest of the country) will be glued to my copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Ah, so it sounds like that's my deadline for reading books 3, 4 and 5! I was certainly thinking I should read 3 and 4 before the next film comes out, which I believe will also be some time this summer. I wonder if there's someone in JKR's publicity team who'll ensure that the 4th film and 6th book are staggered by a few months, so that her and Harry are kept more consistently in the public eye, and the film and book aren't having to 'compete' for the same pocket money?

Excellent icon, by the way: I've not seen that one before!

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