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message 1: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
Just finished listening to book six--the half blood prince on audiobook and immediately began the last book on audiobook. It is getting so exciting! I can't believe for some reason that dumbledore is dead and snape...I just want someone to take him down! But then again...I have in the back of my mind that he is ok. Anyway, I know many have already read the final book.....I love the audiobooks...Jim Dale is just incredible!

message 2: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra LOL Enjoy! I read all the books in book form, but did listen to the audio version of a couple for a second go-around. I agree Dale does a great job.

I was really bummed when Dumbledore was killed :(

message 3: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
It was so exciting I almost ran out of gas while driving and listening. lol

message 4: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
Finished the final book! Don't want to provide any spoilers but what a great read/listen!!!!! I thorougly enjoyed this. Now to listen to the Golden Compass.

message 5: by Prabha (new)

Prabha | 29 comments Snape's one of my favourite characters, in the books and in the movie. Very complex, and very real.

message 6: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I agree...Snape ended up being one of my favorite's from Harry Potter...a true hero.

message 7: by Paula (new)

Paula (paulagrin) | 1 comments I dunno, I still am angry with Snape, as he's used Lily as his "reason" for being "good" in about the same way as the Malfoys use Draco as the reason they don't exactly fight at the very end... I agree that he's very complex, but I still have trouble wrapping my brain about his being "good."

message 8: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 3 comments I don't think Snape is good or bad, he's just a guy that was flawed. He tried to do the right thing but he was human and had a block when it came to Harry. I don't really think of him as a hero either. I'm just glad he didn't turn out to truely be a death eater.

message 9: by Prabha (new)

Prabha | 29 comments I like the way Snape loves, and despite the constant struggle within himself, remains loyal to that feeling. Hope this is not a spoiler :/

message 10: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Bashore Dumbledore always mentioned that love is the strongest magic and the thing Harry has that Voldy lacks. Snape and Mrs. Malfoy (not sure about Lucias) had the capacity to love. It's the capacity that's important, not the recipient of that love. Snape had this from a very early age, but was misguided and bitter--understandably so, I might add. I don't think there was an intellectual "reason" for being "good."

*Spoiler alert*

I just loved how Snape asked Harry to look at him when he died. I kept wondering when all of the "You have your mother's eyes" was going to become significant.

And I just have to say, I was on the "Snape is good" side. If he hadn't turned out to be so, it would have really bummed me out! I also figured Dumbledore must have planned his death for some reason.

message 11: by Prabha (new)

Prabha | 29 comments Robbie, i loved that part too, was really touching.

You know, i would love to know more about the lives of james and sirius and lupin when they were at hogwarts, and snape and lily. I wish Rowling would write about that!

message 12: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
Wonderful final scenes with Snape and I loved his memories.

message 13: by Prabha (new)

Prabha | 29 comments Really hope it'll still be Alan Rickman playing Snape in the movie version of Hallows...he's so good.

message 14: by Tamela (new)

Tamela | 4 comments I haven't yet started/finished the final Potter book...I'm "saving" it to savor and trying hard not to read the spoilers :-D I agree with all that Dale is so great to hear, his characterizations are fantastic. I read the books and then listen to him while driving to/from work.

Also, Ed, I did the same thing...listened to The Golden Compass trio (years after reading them), right after Potter. It's different but fun with all the actors. What's next? One Hundred Secret Senses, read by the author Amy Tan.

message 15: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I now am really enjoying the Golden Compass. It took a while getting used to the different voices but now I really like it.

message 16: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (wanna_read_all_the_books) I've read all of the HP books, several times actually, but I drive a lot for my job so I have all of the audiobooks downloaded on my iPod so I can listen to them in the car. I'm listening to Goblet of Fire right now. I love Jim Dale and the way he characterizes everyone.

message 17: by Brigette (last edited Feb 02, 2008 11:53AM) (new)

Brigette | 2 comments I was always a Tolkien fan (read LotR 10 times before I was 20, then again later with my kids). A couple years ago my daughter asked me to read the His Dark Materials trilogy to her. It wasn't long after getting into The Golden Compass that I told her she was on her own, I was reading ahead (she was in middle school, so I wasn't really being cruel). I absolutely love these books, and have to admit that Pullman is much better, in many ways, than Tolkien. And, I have to say, Pullman is a much better writer than Rowling (although I like the HP books as well).

message 18: by Cliff (new)

Cliff | 2 comments Jim Dale is great. I've read all the books at least twicce and there are a few I listen to on audio. Sometimes Jim Dale's Hermione irritates me.

message 19: by Anna (new)

Anna (lilfox) | 53 comments No matter what other people say - Harry Potter series are really good.

message 20: by Rachel (new)

Rachel i love harry potter. everything about it. i think j.k. rowling is a genius to create a world that is so realistic, i sometimes find myself believing things will fly to me if i just think "accio!" they're so fantastic.

message 21: by Court (new)

Court I love Harry Potter. Every single part of it. I've got nothing bad to say. J.K. Rowling is an amazing author.
Although, I dont really like Audio Books. I prefer to imagine their accents and words...

message 22: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I did find though that whoever does the audiobooks for Harry Potter has an amazing ability to do the voices.

message 23: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) POSSIBLE SPOILERS....

I am a big Harry Potter fan, but didn't read the books until I saw the first movie. I don't know why I resisted them at the beginning. I guess there was so much hoopla surrounding them. But I'm so glad I got to participate in the excitement of the HP phenomena. I really felt a kinship with all the fans waiting for the last book. It was a big to-do at my library with staff coming in on the weekend to pick up Deathly Hallows.

I love the Snape character, but I'm a sucker for love stories and his love for Lilly is heartbreaking. It was interesting how the Snape that Dumbledore respected and trusted was slowly given to us in pieces. Learning about Snape's childhood and the trouble he had at school really made me see him in a different light. I can't remember which book it is but Harry learns that his father wasn't always a stand-up guy when it came to Snape. The disappointment that Harry felt when he learned this was painful to see because of his admiration for the father he never knew.

And in the last book when Snape told Harry to "look me in the eye," well, I just lost it. Now we know why Harry was always told he had his mother's eyes.

message 24: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I also loved Snape in the end.

message 25: by Peanut (new)

Peanut I hear the audio books are incredible! I will have to eventually pick them up and listen to them that way.

I have read the books already. Love HP.

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