Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Addicted to Harry Potter

Did I mention that when I finished Harry Potter 6, I immediately began book 7? And did I mention that after I finished that I read book 1 and am now reading book 2? Yeah, it's crazy! I don't know what it is about Harry that keeps me coming back for me, but I'm enjoying it for the time being.

I don't particularly want to discuss the plot of book 7, except to say that again, it took me awhile to find a rhythm with this book. The fact that Harry and friends don't go back to school really throws me off, and it seems like they're just running around for the first 2/3 of the book.

What I was thinking about as I read book 7, and what I want to talk about, is what are they going to do with the movie! I've read that book 7 will be split into two films, and I wanted to figure out what I thought would be the breaking point. First, I thought it might be when Ron returns to Harry and Hermione and they find the sword. Reading on, I then thought it might be after they visit Mr Lovegood and learn about the Deathly Hallows. This would be more of a dramatic ending, as the trio (HRH) realize it's not just horcruxes they need and they're setting off with a new goal. What do you think? Do you agree with either of these as a stopping point or do you have another idea?

My other thoughts about book 7 have to do with the fact that when HRH go off on adventures they're always using polyjuice potion or the invisibility cloak. Obviously that's not going to film very well with the main characters never themselves so I'm guessing there will be some changes made.

As I said, I finished book 7 and went straight back to book 1. My main purpose was to experience how Rowling crafted these books from the beginning and seeing what hints are dropped about the future earlier on. Book 1 is just a pure joy, it's truly a kids fantasy book and somehow the dark stuff just doesn't come across as scary as it does later on. It's such fun to read about the wizarding world and all the things we take for granted later on. Harry is also sort of annoying in the earlier books. He is always jumping into situations or places where he's not supposed to be. It's funny now reading the reviewer comments on book 2 about book 1. It's obvious no one knew what a huge global phenomenon this would all be.


My other current obsession is Woodstock. Not sure why, expect for seeing the trailer for the new Woodstock film coming out. I'm fascinated by the whole thing, the music, but more so, the crowds and what that experience would have been like. I've been watching performances on youtube of Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez and the like. It's interesting stuff and hard to believe it all happened 40 years ago.

We have lots going on in the coming weeks, so I'm thinking posting/commenting will be sporadic. Just a heads up.


Bybee said...

My son in similarly obsessed with HP..not so much when they came out as now. He is reading 7 again and dips in and out of the others.

Lesley said...

I love the HP books but don't know if I'll ever reread them, it's such a time investment! Kudos to you for doing it.

I'm not sure when they'll break the Book 7 movies, but I do know it will be maddening to see the first one and then not immediately be able to go and watch the final film!

Dateline had a special on Woodstock the other night, did you see it? And there are plenty of books coming out now to celebrate the anniversary so you should be able to sate your obsession for all things Woodstock. :)

Tara said...

Bybee, what fun for him!

Lesley, they move quickly, but just the same I think I'm wrapping up my personal HP festival. I did not see the dateline special - nuts! I have a couple things on order from the library - that such quench my interest!

Cath said...

I'm thinking that at some stage I will read all seven books again myself, and in the not too distant future too. So, it's been interesting reading your reactions to the books. I haven't reread book 7 since it came out so haven't a clue where they could split it... they'll maybe have to do some major rejigging?

Tara said...

Cath, Once I began, I was hooked. I'm nearly finished with book 3 now, and I think I'm going to take a break from them. It's going to be interesting to see where the movie is split - I know I'm going to leave wanting more!