It has been 8 years since I decided to jump into Harry's Wondrous World! I have decided to do a reread through the series.
It was fun returning to HarrIt has been 8 years since I decided to jump into Harry's Wondrous World! I have decided to do a reread through the series.
It was fun returning to Harry's first year at Hogwarts. Having watched the movies a lot more than reading the books, I had forgotten quite a lot. I still love the movies, but the books paint a better illustration for the individual mind.
I had forgotten how big of a role Neville Longbottom played in the books. In the movies, he and Seamus Finnigan play similar (small) roles. In this particular book, Neville is there when they find Fluffy, the three headed dog. He is also hanging around a lot in the Gryffindor Common Room quite a bit with the others.
This is a fun series, and I encourage everybody to enjoy the fun J.K. Rowling brings to the fantasy genre. On to book 2... :)...more
Ok, so my last semester set back my Harry Potter re-read-through, but I finally finished the fourth book. This book is quite darker than the previousOk, so my last semester set back my Harry Potter re-read-through, but I finally finished the fourth book. This book is quite darker than the previous 3, and in some cases, it is downright scary.
Barry Crouch Jr., for example, is the creepiest character we've come across thus far (in my opinion). The whole ending with Voldemort is another moment that comes to mind. And we get introduced to Rita Skeeter, the worst witch in the series so far. So glad Hermione ends up getting her figured out and has blackmail ready and waiting...
Rowling's writing has come a long way since the first book, and if I remember right, it only gets better from here. Time to finish school, then I can jump onto book 5!...more
Rowling gets noticeably better as a writer as her series continues. There is a lot of good stuff in here, particularly the Sirius Black and ProfessorRowling gets noticeably better as a writer as her series continues. There is a lot of good stuff in here, particularly the Sirius Black and Professor Lupin characterizations. Even leading up to the last couple of pages, you really think you know who these guys are. Well, not everything is what it seems, right?
Heck, you even feel for Buckbeak, a hippogriff set up by Draco Malfoy to be too dangerous to be kept alive. And last but not least, the time turner. As I have read this series before, nothing surprised me, of course, but I do remember being surprised about the time turner. Time travel is such a fascinating concept, and can cause one to think about some crazy stuff. What would I do with the time turner if I had one?
**spoiler alert** Another fun read. Rowling expands her universe a bit more with more spells and potions, and lets us explore Hogwarts a bit more.
I on**spoiler alert** Another fun read. Rowling expands her universe a bit more with more spells and potions, and lets us explore Hogwarts a bit more.
I only have one bone to pick with this book... ***Spoiler*** How does Ginny get into the Chamber of Secrets? She is not a parseltongue, right? This is never explained. The only thing I can come up with is that the basilisk opened the door from the inside, rather than Ginny. Does anybody else know for sure?
In any case, this is a worthy sequel, and is an excellent continuation of the main story arc. On to The Prisoner of Azkaban!...more
Just finished my 8th read-through of this book. I first read it in 1996 and I'll admit, I didn't care much for it then, but I was into other books atJust finished my 8th read-through of this book. I first read it in 1996 and I'll admit, I didn't care much for it then, but I was into other books at the time and they clogged my interest. After reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time in 1998 and being blown away, I went back and reread The Hobbit. I love this book! It's a nice, fun twist on the often sad and dreary stories of Middle-Earth.
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable Hobbit who never did anything outlandish is forced into an adventure, one that he ends up loving, even through perilous experiences. The journey to the Lonely Mountain with the 12 Dwarves and Gandalf the Grey.
After proving his worth to the company multiple times, the Dwarves end up loving him and rely on his luck and expertise as a "burglar."
The funnest part of the book moves quickly and is quite short, and that's the chapter Riddles in the Dark. The encounter with Gollum is priceless and gives a great introduction to his character for The Lord of the Rings. For kicks I went back again and read through all the riddles.
Anybody who goes through life without reading this book has missed out. So if you haven't read it yet, take the time to! You won't be disappointed!...more
This is definitely my favorite out of the three in the series. I first read it in high school and became completely obsessed. Later, the movies came oThis is definitely my favorite out of the three in the series. I first read it in high school and became completely obsessed. Later, the movies came out. Peter Jackson did a great job displaying Middle-Earth.
Tolkien originally wanted the three books to be one complete book. The publisher didn't agree and forced Tolkien to separate it into a trilogy.
I absolutely loved reading the detail of the chapter "Lothlorien." I have yet to read something fictional so beautifully described. I literally wanted to be there among the trees! The happenings involved in Moria was extremely exciting.
There is a particular magic to the story, which led me to read most of the other books written by Tolkien. This book is my favorite!...more
I just finished my 9th read-through of The Two Towers. Great stuff! The ending is particularly good. My two favorite characters really take form in thI just finished my 9th read-through of The Two Towers. Great stuff! The ending is particularly good. My two favorite characters really take form in the last 100 pages or so - Faramir and Sam.
People claim that his read isn't as good as it's predecessor and successor, but I beg to differ. A lot of important things happen in the 2nd book, and a lot of important information is given.
Most people complain about Treebeard and the Ents. Yes, they are pretty boring in the movie, but in the book, there is a lot to learn from them. The battle sequences aren't nearly as long as they are in the movies, as well.
The finest part of the book though comes at the end. After meeting up with Faramir, and learning that he isn't a jerk like his brother Boromir, and would NEVER be tempted to take the one ring, he's instantly likeable. The man is true to his word, and an invaluable friend to Frodo and Sam. He's even decent to Gollum!
And then there's Sam... saving Frodo, becoming a warrior essentially. Going one on one with Gollum and chucking him off a cliff, taking on one of the most dangerous of all creatures in Middle-Earth and prevailing... and still fighting on, chasing the Orcs who have captured his master.
What can I say about this series? I feel like I'm at home wherever and whenever I'm reading it....more