Wow how different everyone is. I love them all, but I think the fifth is my favorite. I love the Umbridge character. Anyone who has ever had a tyrannical or mean spirited teacher, its fun to see how the kids work together against her, and the other staff does too. But that one I think is the longest and it really gets into a lot, like how Petunia Dursley knows more about the wizard's world than she let on, the house of Black and the rest of the order of the Phoenix, the ministry of magic from the hearing to Fudge, to the department of mysteries. And then Hagrid's little brother.
I love the sneak jinx and the charm Hermione put on the coins. I think her part was better in this book than some of the others, though in all I like her part. And the thestrals, though I don't understand why Harry didn't notice them at the end of the 4th book when they were waiting for the carriages.
At the end, just a hint of life after death, of course coming from Luna Lovegood might have been a jab at religion, but I thought it fit, also the veil in the department of mysteries.
I like that Dumbledore did not choose Harry as the Prefect, the OWLs -- just an all around great book.
I was thinking today that the first book was a great introduction and still a kids' book. And I also liked the third book.
As for the movies, well the first and the second I didn't care for, I liked the third, I am trying to remember the fourth. Last night I watched the fifth for the first time. I have tried to get through the sixth and the seventh movies but haven't yet. I have them, and I will. I think the fifth would have been difficult to follow if I hadn't practically memorized the book already.
I didn't like the seventh book as much because I really like the setting of the school.
The whole series has me hoping she will write a sequal, perhaps Harry's secondary education. But I suppose that is what a good story does, it keeps you wanting more. It's funny having an author that isn't dead yet that I like. I mean, I have everything that JRR Tolkein wrote, and wished there could have been more to Middle Earth, but as he is dead, there is no way for that to happen.
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes, the people were in an uproar, I think he had to publish memoirs, and then the Return of Sherlock Holmes, where he actually wasn't dead after all. But reading them so many years after the Author's Death, well, I am pretty much done.
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