This book is amazing... beginning can be a little rough to get through, but after that, it is amazing. Harry Potter helped get me through High School....moreThis book is amazing... beginning can be a little rough to get through, but after that, it is amazing. Harry Potter helped get me through High School. Seriously, one of the best books ever!!!(less)
I love the Harry Potter series. Really, I do. But I have to say that I hate... no, I despise... the character of Harry Potter. When I was younger and...moreI love the Harry Potter series. Really, I do. But I have to say that I hate... no, I despise... the character of Harry Potter. When I was younger and initially reading the series, I wrote off his whinny behavior. I didn't like him then, and he was never close to my favorite character, but I was able to tolerate him. Now I am utterly repulsed by him. I hate how he always thinks that he is right and everyone else is wrong. I hate how he gets stuck on one idea and no matter what Dumbledore or anyone else says, he thinks that he is obviously right and they are wrong. But most of all, I hate how rude and disrespectful he is to Snape. I don't care how much you hate a person, Snape is not all your elder, but he is your teacher and therefore you are to show him respect. I have had my fair share of teachers I have hated, one I even got fired, but I always treated them with the respect that was due to a person with their authority. But Harry Potter can not get past his hate for Snape and so he is deliberately rude to his face, and that is inexcusable to me.
I also got annoyed with how Harry blamed Snape for Sirius going off and getting himself killed. Sirius was a grown man and shouldn't have let himself get goaded. Not only that but Sirius was practically asking for it. He is the one who insisted that he had to be a part of the action. He is the one who rushed out and would not be left behind and he was the one who wanted to get out of the house so badly, no thought to his life or any such thing. I think that because Sirius was sent to Azkaban when he was young, he never really grew up. He was stuck as a 20-something year old man that just wanted to have fun and never had to think of anyone else besides himself. Sure, I feel bad for him getting locked up when he was innocent, but I do think that he acted immaturely and he also goaded Snape as well.
But despite all of that, I love the world that J.K. Rowling has created. The magical world that she thought up that drew in so many fans to the point that they go crazy about one aspect or another is amazing and shows how truly talented she is. There have been so many times in my life I wished that I could escape away to Hogwarts. I wish I had a Dumbledore in my life. I have spent my fair share of time fantasizing about it (and reading fanfiction when I was younger lol). And that is why this series will always be a favorite of mine. I will be passing these on to my children and grandchildren. I feel like it is ageless and timeless.
The battle between good and evil is a story that will be told till the end of time, and this is just another story with new characters and different elements in it. This is a story that has such vivid characters and real places and it makes you really want to be a part of this world. It is absolutely wonderful. I wish there were more stories in this series because I never wanted to leave this world.
Jim Dale does an amazing job reading this story. His voices are engaging and he is really amazing. When I first started listening to the series, I was unsure about his voices for some of the characters, like Hermione. But the voices changes a bit and weren't quite so annoying and now I absolutely love them. If it wasn't so expensive, I would buy this series for myself on cd.
I listened to the audio version of this book, performed by Jim Dale. I rather enjoyed listening to this book. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is b...moreI listened to the audio version of this book, performed by Jim Dale. I rather enjoyed listening to this book. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is by far my favorite book in the series. I love the games in it and the mystery of "who done it".
However, there were several things I did not enjoy about the audio version. The first is that a lot of time the voice the Jim Dale did for Hermione was extremely whinny and I wanted to throttle him/her. It grated on my nerves. On the other side of that is that I really appreciated that pretty much every character had a different voice and I could pretty much know who was talking.
It has probably been 8 years since I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was good to remember why it was that I fell in love with this series and this book. The characters are so personable and the mystery and the drama so great. I love the details. I love how J.K. Rowling has the ability to draw us all into the world that she created.
I always wished that I was magical after reading a Harry Potter book. I love Hogwarts and I love the characters. I have to admit that if I were sorted, I would probably end up in Slytherin. I definitely usually prefer the "dark characters" to the "good characters". Admittedly this review is a bit jaded because I am listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix right now and it is this book where I came to despise the character of Harry Potter. Anyway, that is for another review another day.
So, what are your thoughts on the Harry Potter series? Who is your favorite character(s) (mine are Snape, Draco, and Dumbledore). Have you listened to the audio version? What is your thoughts on it? I look forward to hearing from you!
Rating: 5/5 because seriously, it is Harry Potter and this book saved me when I was 13, almost literally.(less)
I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when it initially came out. I was 15 (Harry's age in the book) and I remember dispising him. I though...moreI read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when it initially came out. I was 15 (Harry's age in the book) and I remember dispising him. I thought that he was way too moody and I was so pissed off at him. When I first read it, I put it down for about two months before convincing myself to pick it back up and finish it. I loved the Harry Potter series but I absolutely hated the character of Harry Potter. I thought he was a whinny brat and that he needed to desperately be slapped in the face.
So it was with much trepidation that I picked up the book to read it again this week. I decided to re-read the books because I haven't read them in a while and when I was fourteen and struggling with life, Harry Potter literally saved my life in ways that are too personal to explain to the blogosphere. I had decided to listen to the audio version by Jim Dale. I must admit that I liked Jim Dale's voices and I think he is incredible talented... but I hated this book just as much as I remembered.
I got so mad at Harry's stupid pride, that he wouldn't tell anyone about the awful detention that Umbridge was putting him through. That he thought the whole world, Dumbledore included, was against him. But the thing that I was must angry about concerning Harry is how mad he got with Ron and Hermione. They are his best friends and he, quiet frankly, treated them like crap. They deserve a better friend that him... but alas, that is not how the series goes.
And then, as my last point of review, is the character of Sirius Black. I used to love the character of Sirius Black, but now I hate him. He is so selfish and self involved. I used to pity him when I was a teenager, but now as an adult I realize just how immature he was and how much he needed to man up. Life isn't about doing everything you want to do when you want to do it. Life is about getting done what really needs to get done without the fame and glory. He could have avoided his own death by not going. Someone needed to tell Dumbledore about the events at the ministry, and he is the one who was assigned the task, and yet he pushes it off onto the shady character of Kreacher. I have come to realize that in many respects, Sirius Black is just as bad a person as Malfoy or Snape. Snape is not the shining beacon of light and he shouldn't have taken his childhood out on Harry, but the truth is that Sirius never got over that time either and still took it out on Snape.
I should probably say that Snape is one of my favorite characters in this series. He literally put his life on the line every day for the Order, and most of them treated him like he was still evil and untrustworthy. I am not sure that I would have had the ability to stay with people who treated me as badly as the Order treated Snape.
So what do you think? I am delusional and Snape is evil icky and Sirius is a god? Am I right? Is the truth really somewhere in between? What are your thoughts on HP #5? Is this anyone's favorite book?
This is an amazing story that gives you a lot of insight into Ariana Osgood... however DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST. I get a little frustrated when aut...moreThis is an amazing story that gives you a lot of insight into Ariana Osgood... however DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST. I get a little frustrated when authors release prequels that will ruin the series if you read it first. This is like the only thing I don't like! This book and plot is amazing and it leaves you with a lot of answers, but also some questions that will hopefully be answered in Privilege!(less)
I love John Grisham's earlier works (not so much his more recent ones). The Testament was one of the first John Grisham books, I had ever read... I th...moreI love John Grisham's earlier works (not so much his more recent ones). The Testament was one of the first John Grisham books, I had ever read... I think I was in middle school. I remember somewhat the gist of the books, but I didn't remember the ending.
What I like about The Testament is that beyond being a mystery type of book, or Legal Thriller, or whatever, it is actually a story about redemption and turning your life around. Killing your demons, so to speak. I can't really relate to people who struggle with drug or alcohol addictions. I have never really seen the appeal of either of those particular vices. But watching Nate progress through the novel and finally managing to kick the habit, that was a real story of recovery. I liked that.
Overall, this remains one of my favorite John Grisham books and I am glad that I took the time to reread it. Now I need to reread The Pelican Brief and I will have revisited the two John Grisham books that I read first.(less)