Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter Madness Weekend!

So my parents were kind enough to watch Syd for the weekend for us and what do we decide to do with this 48 hours of freedom? The geekiest think we could think of! We went to the release party for the 7th and final Harry Potter book at a ginormus Barnes and Noble in LA. We had a really good time. Our good friend Frankie came along and we reveled in the fandom madness together. You can see more pictures from the party HERE.

We started the night off by going to see that latest of the Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This is the first of the Potter films that I have seen where I've read the book prior to seeing the movie. I really enjoyed the film and I feel the reading the book really enhanced the experience for me. Of course there were changes from the book but I felt the film did do pretty well on its own. I loved the fight at the end of the film. The visualization of the beauty and ferocity of the spells was amazing to see. I did wish we could have seen Dobby again though, not so much from a story stand point than for just sheer love of the character.

(This is the cover art for the UK Adult version of the book. US version is HERE)

Don't worry no spoilers here..

I finished the book this morning and though I'm thrilled with the saga as a whole I am sad that its all over. Rowling is truly an artist and magician herself. What she accomplished with this series will be discussed in English and Literature classes in universities for centuries. This quote from the review of the book by Greig Watson of the BBC puts it very eloquently...

Beyond the Dickensian scenery and names, the Blyton-esque ideal of family and adventure and Tolkien-style monsters, is essentially a tale of vulnerable love.

For all the talk of charms and potions, this is a black-and-white tale about the value of life.

It is a compelling, powerful and entirely fulfilling end to this epic series.

(The emphasis with italics is mine)

3 comments:

Jakris said...

Stupify!

Annie said...

Jak you are just upset because you said you don't want to read them and now you are realizing how dump that decision was. JUST READ THEM!! The books are way better anyways.

Shane-I agree that it was a fantastic end to the series. I won't go into detail for those who haven't read yet, but she sure knew what she was doing. I can't wait to read it again to catch more of the depth. I also can't wait until our kids are old enough to start enjoying them too. Thanks for a fun-filled weekend. It felt like we were dating again. ;)

Shelley said...

So glad you all are having a good time with this!!