1. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    So... I have finally started reading JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. I know, I know - I'm just a tad bit late to the party.

    Has anyone else read them? I'm currently on Goblet of Fire and can't get enough! Favorite character? Book?
     
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  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    My 9 year old loves Harry Potter. He has all the books and the movies. We have a great used book store where he got his hardcovers for $6 each. Excellent condition too.
     
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  3. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    The wife and daughter read them all and were absolutely engrossed. There was one scene, though
    when the old wizard gets killed
    when my daughter said she threw the book across the room.

    Have fun!
     
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  4. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    I need to get the hardbacks. My paperbacks are in less-than-ideal condition.

    Shouldn't have read that spoiler... :(
     
  5. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I read them all from the get-go. Started before they were a sensation stateside as I worked in publishing and heard about the buzz going on across "the pond." I have always loved children's lit. By the time the last book came out though, I was done with Harry and the gang. I tend to get bored and frustrated by things that go on and on and on. Although I always knew there would be 7 books, by the time Deathly Hallows came out, I was tired of the hype.

    That said, I do plan on rereading the series one day as I love the stories and characters. I just wish they had never become so popular... if that makes sense.
     
  6. bryras

    bryras Well-Known Member

    Such a great series of books. I've read them many times over. My favorite character is Dumbledore. Don't read anymore spoilers until you finish!
     
  7. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    My sons room is decorated with Harrry potter. That was his theme for his birthday.
     
  8. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I read them all as an adult and thoroughly enjoyed them.

    I've also seen the movies (I think we bought them all) but the books are SOOOO much better.
     
  9. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    I have the first three movies but am holding off on watching them until I finish reading the series.
     
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  10. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Better to read first in my opinion. Even though I end up being disappointed with the movies.
     
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  11. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    That's usually my rule of thumb. I don't want my first read spoiled by the actors in the movie adaption.
     
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  12. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Yes. Although, I do think casting was done well in the movies. But some things are just not the way I. Imagined them. Some of the creatures. I won't get specific.
     
  13. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I have read all of them and enjoyed them alot. The first two were definately written for kids but after that they start to change and by the last book you know that it's an adult fantasy novel. Hard to pinpoint exactly when they changed from a kids book as Rowling's skill as a writer is just that good that you really can't find the point where she said 'Hey, we're going to grow up here and write something that will last thru the ages.' I also highly recommend her novel she wrote under the name Robert Galbraith entitled The Cuckoo's Calling.
     
  14. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    Adult themes were hinted at in Azkaban and are really coming to fruition in Goblet.

    I've been meaning to check that out! I got a brand new first edition of The Casual Vacancy at a thrift shop for $5. Have you (or anyone else reading this) read it yet? Thoughts? I've heard it's not quite as good as the HP series, but who knows...
     
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  15. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I haven't read it. There were alot of lukewarm reviews posted on here by other members tho and I decided I didn't want to waste my time on a book that wasn't going to grab me. Let us know what you think of it.
     
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  16. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    Will do! :) I won't be getting to it for a while, though -- I'm already planning to take my TBR list with me to my grave. :my_bad:
     
  17. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...really and thoroughly enjoyed the series....I'm Hagrid sized, so I guess that makes sense...
     
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

  19. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I always considered that each book was written for kids the age of Harry and his friends. Since they age in each book, each book is written for slightly older people. Not many authors could do that so successfully.
     
  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Stephen King apparently has a lot of respect for J.K. Rowling as well.
     
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