I'm listening to the Harry Potter books (narrated by Stephen Fry, who does an excellent job) as my way of rereading the entire series, which I've been meaning to do for about 2 years now. As I listen, I'm noticing new things and remembering things I'd forgotten:

- I love how JKR seeds things into the first books that come up again in later books. I am in awe of her planning skills. I can't even imagine how detailed her notes must be.

- I am on book 4, and have been brought to tears twice- once at the end of book 1 when Hagrid gave Harry a book of pictures of his parents, the first he'd ever seen, and once after the first task when Harry and Ron make up and are friends again.

- Book 4 is like Wednesday. It's the "hump book" of the series. It's right in the middle, and it's sort of the transition from the beginning to the ending. It's my least favorite, too.

- I will never understand Snape lovers, or even just the people who say "Oh, Snape wasn't so bad!" Snape is a small, petty, horrible man. Halfway through the series, I've already lost track of how many times he has actively participated in the Slytherins picking on Harry. Why? Because he's the son of a guy he didn't like in school and the girl he had a crush on. Yeah, that's totally a good reason for a grown man to bully a kid. Uh, no. Grow up, dude, and get over yourself. Yeah, your time as school sucked, we understand you were bullied, but knowing how much it sucks to be bullied, your solution is to encourage bullying?

- I still don't like the idea of Ron & Hermione getting together. I'm dreading it. I can see where JKR is dropping the hints, as well as hints about Harry & Ginny, but I still don't like it. It still doesn't feel right or natural to me. So I'm going to keep pretending that Harry and Hermione got married and had awesomely adorable babies. With new names, none of this "Albus Severus" stuff.

- Book 4 really is my least favorite. I have to make myself listen to it. It's just so long and drawn-out, and it seems like most of the book has nothing to do with anything. But when I finish, I get to move on to books 5, 6, and 7! I like those books... so I will slog on.

Date: 2010-05-23 12:35 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'm surprised that you dislike book four. I loved Goblet of Fire myself, and haaated Order of the Phoenix. Regardless, I totally agree with the rest of your points. I wish the "ten years later" section had included a part where Harry is forced by his children into therapy on a talk show set around parents who give their children horrible names. Albus Severus. My dear lord.

Date: 2010-05-23 01:31 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I actually think GoF is my favorite! But that's probably because I love all the awkward drama around the Yule Ball (I am such a sap, it's ridiculous).

Is the Stephen Fry narration the British version? My mom has the Jim Dale recordings, which are also really good.

I had completely blanked out those ridiculous names. And somehow Ron and Hermione doesn't bother me that much, but it's not really something that makes sense either.

I should go back and reread! I've reread everything except book 7 but not all in order.

(I think I would also be a Ravenclaw, btw.)

Date: 2010-05-23 03:26 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Haha, I love Ron and Hermione - I saw it coming realllly early on and I was really happy by it - I could never wrap my mind around Harry and Hermione,'s just weird to me! :P

Severus on the other hand - I understand your frustrations with him, but he's really my favorite character out of all of them. Maybe most of that is influenced by the Alan Rickman thing, but nope, he's still my fav character. :)

A lot of Snape fans say he was horrid because he was playing the part of a loyal Death Eater - which I get is plausible, considering VoldiePants was completely insane; a lot of others (including myself) think he just turned into an awful human being when it turned out to be more than just bullying - you've got to be really traumatized and just like "wtf" when you realize the people bullying you attempted to like, get him killed (via werewolf). I get the rage and just being awful-ness.

Wow, I can go on about this - because I also don't think he was the perfect 'anti-hero' or however you say it like a lot of people believe. He was a really good 'grey' character, but definitely not an antihero/hero because of his obsession with Lily. Hm, I should think about this but I've got LOST cupcakes to go get/make!!

I agree - GoF is my least favorite because the way the books turned from there; I think she was pregnant during this book because I just really disliked it halfway through. Especially the bit about the blood rites and stuff? It was turning a perfectly good (typical) British children's book into something that I wouldn't read my kids, to be honest.

Prisoner of Azkaban is my ultimate favorite. HP was beginning to get some hope...the story was delightful and the (new) characters were interesting!


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