Skip to comments.Harry Potter: 3 More Things I Learned
Posted on 08/01/2007 6:59:32 AM PDT by ParsifalCA
I am warning those who have not finished the series . . . and there must be still a few of them by now. . . that there are spoilers ahead. I have just finished the last book . . . having spent an enjoyable evening with it thanks to Sams Club and an indulgent wife.
I am done with Harry Potter and enjoying the literary aftertaste the way one enjoys a fine meal almost as much after it is done as when it is being consumed . . . though it is a bit sad that the series is finished.
And it is really finished . . .
Will one be able to re-read the books with pleasure?
I think the answer is only a tentative yes. If one knows the puzzles and the secrets of the book, it will not take away the charm of the characters or the fun of a good Quidditch match, but the first read will always be the best.
The strength of these books is in the plot and the second read, when everything is known, will be satisfying for finding all the clues to what happens . . . but I am hard pressed to know if I will want to re-read them a third or fourth time.
A really great book is as good on the fourth read . . . and some childrens books (Little White Horse) are better.
I deeply enjoyed the last book and thought the ending satisfying. For those who found them quite Christian, they will find much in this last book to give strength to their idea.
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Oh he’s back on the teenage male prostitute thing. Let me guess, you recently got back from Thailand?
Sorry, I don't want to sound picky but I just don't think Scrimgeour should be compared to Clinton, at least, not after his actions in the last book (I don't want to spoil it, but if you've read it, you know what I'm talking about).
You're right. Nobody on FreeRepublic would bother reading or watching that garbage. That must be the reason that there haven't been any threads about HP on Free Republic.
Do I need a "/sarcasm?" I've read all the books, seen all the movies, and enjoy Jim Dale's performance on the audio books: I'm listening to "Prisoner of Askaban" right now at work. Some of you may have noticed that I'm a little bit interested in politics...
One of the exception is in fortune-telling (as you point out) and tea-reading, astrology, etc. These are "magical disciplines" in Harry Potter which map quite closely to "magical disciplines in our own world. But Look:
The professor for these subjects is Trelawney. She is a fraud. Everyone knows it. She is a laughingstock. The magic that she tries to teach simply doesn't work!
The one exception is that Trelawney makes a prophecy (without intention and without knowing she's doing so)which harks back to the inborn genetic capability that the Harry Potter wizards have.
I think Rowling in telling us how she feels about the Occult when she portrays Trelawney this way.
Jeannie's dark-haired sister *was* fairly naughty, as was Samantha's dark-haired cousin Serina. When I was a teenager, I often wished I could take a magic wand to those two. ;-)
Jim Webb's a FReeper????
it would depend on the setting of the book, the age of my children and the ultimate lessons coming out of the book. If they were going into law enforcement or medicine, and needed the info about how this subset of the society lives, and were old enough to handle it (prob late HS, college) I would not object. This would be mild compared to some of the things I was exposed to in medical school.
In most cases no, but the point is the decision is made on a case by case basis. I actually read Harry Potter first, and determined there is nothing that would harm my children by reading it. We also discussed witchcraft (the real kind, not the Harry Potter kind, and how God feels about it.)
There are some Christian books I do not want my children reading due to the graphic nature of the same. Sorry, the arguement does not hold water.
And he hates Harry Potter. Probably doesn’t like oil cans either but that’s a joke for another day.
No I agree. My point was that, if anyone could closely be compared to Clinton it was Scrimgour and his desire to have Harry “hangout” at the ministry to enhance the image of the ministry.
But you’re right, his actions in the last book are definitely NOT Clintonlike.
Geez! You'd think that being a reader for audio books would pay enough for one to at least afford a house!
I confess, I saw the movies and wanted to become an elf. Of course, that could have been cause I had the hots for Olando Bloom at the time :-) In fact, I'm pretty sure that's the reason, since reading the books never gave me that desire.
Just to end this obsessive rhetoric you seem to repeat so often, no editor worth his salt or author for that matter would consider your fictional 'crack-addicted, teenage, male-prostitutes' as appropriate for children.
Let me repeat so you don't get confused.
no editor worth his salt or author for that matter would consider your fictional 'crack-addicted, teenage, male-prostitutes' as appropriate for children.
Try something new.
(Sorry for the late ping! Apologies to anyone I may have left off the list, I’m on a backup computer.)
“Try something new.”
It’s a “What-if” question.
Ever heard of that?
It’s a logical fallacy, specifically poisoning the well with a false comparison. Ever heard of that?
I see this argument all the time, written by ADULTS as though they were critiquing a book written for them. It's a KIDS book!! It is written for tweens and teens, and won't be written in the same way as a typical book for older adults. That's not to say that adults can't enjoy them, but the books shouldn't be judged on how they're written if the person doing the judging is using an incorrect measure by which to do it.
As for the contention that the jargon is too contemporary, and will be 'dated', aren't folks still reading Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen with their stilted language? That's pretty dated, but it doesn't take away from the fact that they wrote some pretty good stories that have held up over time. It remains to be seen if the Harry Potter series will endure, but I think it will, because the struggle between good and evil is timeless.
“it would depend on the setting of the book, the age of my children and the ultimate lessons coming out of the book. “
There would be no moral lesson - for or against - their conducts. It would simply serve as a “plot device” as magic does in HP.
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