September 04, 2007

On Being Assimilated By The Hogwarts Collective

Okay, okay! I'll read the fershlugginer Harry Potter books, already. Happy?

UPDATE: However, let me be abundantly clear: I go into this with a very cranky, critical eye and the resolution not to be caught up in Pottermania. So there!

Posted by Robert at September 4, 2007 08:12 AM | TrackBack

Yay! sounds like there's a story behind this. You gonna share it? :)

Posted by: beth at September 4, 2007 08:44 AM

Well the main reason is that the HP books are such a principal topic of conversation around Orgle Manor and I've simply got tired of continually repeating "No, I don't know what you're talking about because I haven't read the books." (Of course, by the time I get through them, I suppose everybody will be on to something else.)

Also, there is a side of me that has always wanted to know exactly what all the fuss was about and whether it is really merited. Can't know until I actually have a look.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 4, 2007 09:03 AM

All bow to the power of Steve-O's mad Imperius Curse skillz...

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at September 4, 2007 09:07 AM

I've got a "Muggle and Proud" bumpersticker on my car.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 4, 2007 09:35 AM

/Monty Burns voice

I was a bit skeptical about them myself for the first few years, but once I got into them I enjoyed them. Not as good or as deep as Lord of the Rings, basically good children's literature.

Posted by: rbj at September 4, 2007 09:51 AM

There are very few books I get excited about, but I will say that after reading the first HP I was into it and just had to see how the rest of the series developed.

Have fun!

Posted by: GroovyVic at September 4, 2007 09:57 AM

I'm with ya, Robbo. I've resisted the lure of Hogwarts for many years now. But having just seen the latest movie (Order of the Phoenix) at my local $2 theater that shows movies at the end of their run I'll admit that the story is getting more interesting.

Last week I noticed the paperback versions of the the first five on my son's shelf and decided that as soon as my current annual re-reading of LOTR has ended I will plow elbows deep into this phenomena. I figure that my the time I get to book seven, it'll be out on paperback - once again proving my thrifty nature.

Posted by: Gary at September 4, 2007 10:21 AM


I think you'll enjoy them. I concur with what everyone else has said.

I may have to steal a couple of hours away from Beau and Jesse to see the latest movie at our late-run theater when it comes there.

Posted by: jen at September 4, 2007 11:03 AM

You can save yourself a world of trouble and watch the first 2 movies. They are close enough to the books to make little difference.

The third book is where stuff really started to get left out due to length.

On the other hand the books are quick reads.

And as a librarian once said to me, any books that get a whole generation away from the video games and TVs can't be all bad.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at September 4, 2007 07:01 PM


Okay, give in to the pressure. I'll even make you a little deal. Read them all, and I will finally watch Ferris Buehler's Day Off and if you publically claim to enjoy them I will watch Titanic.

Made it this far (though it took some doing) and I'm going to trust in my star, but the bargain holds for me.

Posted by: Uncle Pinky at September 5, 2007 09:23 PM

I agree. Any book that gets kids interested in reading is great. I have read all seven books more than once. The first three are tailored more for young adults and older kids, but after that they get much more complex. It really is amazing to see how many clues regarding the ending there were in the first book. I think you will enjoy them, as long as you don't expect anything really mind-stretching like Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Posted by: Denise at September 6, 2007 04:45 AM