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  1. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    I've read them all and seen all the movies. I frequently reread the series also. I've also read the Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The history of Quiddich book and the What's Your Story edition that has a (very) short story about James Potter and Sirius Black when they were teens. I also have a copy of a fan-produced edition of Advance Potions Making.

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  2. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    So you like Harry Potter, huh? :chew:
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  3. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    So I take it you're a fan?

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  4. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Here's what someone had to say about the Harry Potter series:

    "Probably J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter stories, is the current champ when it comes to back story. You could do worse than read these, noting how effortlessly each new book recaps what has gone before. (Also, the Harry Potter novels are just fun, pure story from beginning to end.)"

    Bolding added. The critic who wrote that was Stephen King, in On Writing.
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  5. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Spoiler is for Dark Tower series. Not a major spoiler, and spoils nothing with regard to reading Harry Potter.

    King showed an immense amount of respect for Rowling in Wolves of the Calla. He wouldn't have done that if he didn't think highly of her writing.
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  6. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Thought they were well crafted stories and well worth the investment of time and treasure.. They sure take you out of the real world, at least for a while, and isn't that worth the effort?
  7. danie

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

    I began reading these aloud to my son a couple of years ago. We are on the sixth book now...moving slowly as he gets older and we have less time to sit down together! But when we do, it's great fun. After we would finish each book, we would watch the movie of it.
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  8. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Most definitely. I've spent most of my Sunday completely thrown in the world of Harry Potter. I'm only taking a break now 'cause the size of Goblet made my fingers stiff. :biggrin2:
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  9. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    I think you could say that I'm a fan!

  10. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I started by reading these to my son, but by the second last book we were taking turns reading.
  11. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    Re: Harry Potter et al.

    Original? No.

    Neato? Yes.

    Five thumbs up the butt to anyone who says otherwise.

    And for those that do, there am's some vampire books waiting in the wings.
  12. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    The fourth and seventh books are my personal favorites. Order of the Phoenix (5) is a weird dichotomy--has the most frustrating word-wasting digressions, but also a crapton of information that you need later in the series. Six is filler--interesting in parts. Seven is epic.

    I've read them all several times, but tend to skip1-3 now (unless I'm reading with my LilMan--we're on our second go-round reading the series aloud).

    Good books are good books, whether written for kids or adults :)
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  13. Tery

    Tery I want to look at life In the available light Moderator

    Hmmm... it may be time to re-read these. Again.
  14. goathunter

    goathunter Well-Known Member

    I didn't read the books until after I saw the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. I had taken my kids to see the movies as each was released, and I thought they were entertaining, but that's it. But shortly after Azkaban was released on DVD, my kids were watching all of the movies with subtitles on. I started watching and discovered via the subtitles that there was tons more going on than I had picked up just seeing them once in the theater as they were released. The subtitled versions were a revelation for me, so I started reading the books. Absolutely loved them. Loved the movies, too, even though they're their own thing (or because of that).

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  15. kingricefan

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

    Amazon has on their 'pre-sale' list the new Robert Galbraith (aka Rowling) novel. I really enjoyed the first one so I hope this one's just as good! She's can have an entirely new series going now!
  16. Lina

    Lina Committed member

    Read all the books (honestly, listened to audio versions, but I guess that counts) and seen all the movies. I really like Harry Potter stories, I think they are great for children and for adults as well. Good stories, sending a message about true friendship and love.
  17. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    I already reserved a copy via Amazon.co.uk. I like to get the UK editions.

  18. do1you9love?

    do1you9love? Happy to be here!

    I've read them all and my dad (70) read most of them first and gave them to me. Now my daughter is working her way through them. She's on book 4. She's been reading the book then watching the movie, but we are about to the point where she will need to stop watching the movies for a bit as they are getting progressively darker and more violent. I think I'll let her watch four, then read the rest of the books, then watch the movies by age 12.
  19. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    Re-reading now at the same time my daughter reads, and also watching the movies, so we can have deep discussions.
  20. goathunter

    goathunter Well-Known Member

    I forgot to mention that I also really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling and look forward to the next one. I've not read The Casual Vacancy. Despite it being by Rowling, the synopsis I first read when it came out did nothing for me. I should probably give it a whirl someday....

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