July 31, 2008

Harry Potter And The Untempted Llama

I note that today is the birthday of J.K. Rowling.

Some time back, believing I had no choice in the matter in the face of the Llama-ettes, I resigned myself to finally sitting down and reading the Harry Potter series. (As I recollect, Gary found himself in the same position.)

Well as it turned out, that belief proved unfounded, as the butterfly-like attention of the gels wandered off in a new direction. The result is that I can still claim with some pride that I have yet to either a) read a Harry Potter book or b) see a Harry Potter movie, even though we own both sets.

Hogwarts Yips! from Gary:
Yes, I had cloistered away the paper bound volumes that I had purchased once son number one showed little if any interest in reading them. What sparked my interest was how many Potter fans I knew that were peeved by the film treatment of "Order of the Phoenix" because so much material was excised from the script.

I wondered "how important could all that extra stuff be"? I had read the first two volumes previously and they mirrored the films so closely I figured, eh, just watch the movies. Now I was intrigued.

To my pleasant surprise it was right about at the end of the fourth book that the story goes to an entirely new level and becomes significantly more interesting.

So, never say never Robbo. If the inclination ever strikes you down the road, I'll vouch that the payoff at the end is worth it.

Posted by Robert at July 31, 2008 09:04 AM | TrackBack

"Payoff in the end"

Well, that's a matter of opinion. I actually found the last volume didn't live up to they hype. Hard to pay-off that much.

That said, the journey was worth it.

The 1st two books I read in a day, each. The 3rd is still my favorite I think. After that, her editors stopped trying to cut the length.

And it was a cultural phenomenon. And a fun one to boot. (They were selling the "every-flavor beans" at the local video store one day, which sort of convinced me I might want to know what was going on.)

That said, I like the wizard-named-Harry from Chicago, much more than the one from England.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at August 3, 2008 09:45 AM