52 Books in 52 Weeks – Harry Potter cont…

Fair warning… it’s all about Harry Potter 🙂

41. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

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I won’t lie, the movie of this book is my least favourite in the series. Having now read the book I think the movie cheated it. There was so much more depth in a variety of characters that was erased from the film.

I really enjoyed this second book. Loved that Dobby threw Lucius down some stairs at the end and that the flying car was an actual character that was self-aware and had feelings and went wild in the forest. I also liked that nearly headless Nick was a much bigger character in the book than I expected having seen the film first.

I do love the relationships in this book and if I were in need of a family I would wish with all my heart that the Weasley’s were real and looking to adopt!

Great book, can’t wait for the next one 🙂

42. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

Harry-Potter-And-The-Prisoner-Of-Azkaban_novelI am loving how my appreciation of this series is getting deeper as I go on. At this point I am pretty much tearing through these books.

I love Ron attempting to use the phone and very much wish that was in the movie. I also found the character of Crookshanks very interesting, in the film he is just a cat, but in the books he is so much more.

Sirius and Lupin were some of my favourite characters from the films and Lupin was definitely my favourite Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, so I am glad that my love for them was only made bigger by reading the actual book 🙂

43. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

Harry_Potter_and_the_Goblet_of_FireOh Cedric, Cedric. He was such a good and wonderful person. Sorry, it’s all just so much more real when you are reading the book, you feel like you really got to know him and then… well… all the feels.

I love the Weasley’s rocking up through the fireplace and the Dursley’s just not know knowing what to do about it hahaha.

I did feel like a lot of the descriptions of Krum were quite negative, maybe it is just me, but that’s how I was left feeling about him which I think was unfair because there is nothing wrong with him.

There was more Dobby in this book, I was kind of surprised by that because Dobby didn’t show up at all really between the Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows. Poor Dobby. I actually really liked him as a character in the book. Hermione trying to save all the house elves that don’t want to be saved gave me a giggle too.

44. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

harry-potter-coverI have so many evilish feelings and thoughts about Umbridge. She really is the Antichrist! What a truly evil woman.

I have noticed (maybe because I know what is coming from the movies) that Rowling has little hints in earlier books of things to come which is pretty awesome. It certainly shows that she had this whole story and world planned out completely.

Fred + George Weasley Forever! Those boys are something else and I just love it!

I feel like A LOT was missed out from the book to the film and that makes me sad. For starters in the film didn’t Bellatrix “kill” Neville’s parents rather than just drive them batty? Why? St Mungo’s isn’t even shown in the films which means we never see loopy Lockhart again. Harry felt a lot of angst around the fact that Hermione and Ron were made prefects and he wasn’t, I thought it was great they were made prefects and interesting that this was not in the film.

45. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

coverI think this was my favourite book so far. The back story into Voldemort was colourful, clever, well-rounded and very informative without giving too much away.The book is FAR better than the movie and I feel as though I have a much greater understanding of Voldemort now.

The way the characters are developed through this series is very well orchestrated and I can only applaud Rowling’s brain for that. Every character is so well thought out and carefully built and true to their nature in the way that they react and interact within the story.

Every chapter with adventures using the Half-Blood Prince’s potions book was fascinating and Harry’s internal thoughts and emotions whilst the story unravels are fascinating. Definitely my favourite so far!

46. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

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Nooooo….. it can’t be the last one already! I have read these way too fast!

I can certainly understand why they split this into 2 films, there is an immense amount that occurs in this book. In the final book of this wondrous and now quite beloved (for me anyway) series Rowling brilliantly and tear-jerkingly ties up all the little fragments she has planted over the years throughout the books. This final volume is an absolute triumph and this along with the Half-Blood Prince are absolutely 2 of the best junior fiction novels I have EVER read.

I laughed and shed tears reading this book. A favourite part was hearing Fred and George Weasley on the radio station ‘Pottermore’ hosted by Lee Jordan, I literally laughed out loud during this part of the book. I can’t for the life of me imagine why they wouldn’t have included this part in the first Deathly Hallows film instead of just watching them camp for the majority of it.

I adore how intricately interwoven this series is, the story of which spans literally two generations (more if you include the Dumbledore back story). I know I have mentioned my adoration of the effort that has gone into the characters, but honestly I don’t feel I can state enough how impressed I was with the development of the characters. Harry and Ginny’s relationship was so well done in the books, I really feel it suffered in the films (emotion fueled teenage looks non-withstanding).

Also the end fight scene in this was SO much better than the film. I always liked the film’s final fight, but the book’s was amazing!

I do truly wish I could have experienced the series without having seen the movies, but let’s face it there are so many spoilers around it wouldn’t have mattered. What does matter is that I have finally read them and loved them and now I won’t cause shock by saying “I haven’t actually read Harry Potter”

 

I couldn’t believe it when I was reading these books and the last book almost coincided with the passing of Alan Rickman. I was so very sad to hear of his passing, he was a spectacularly talented man and I am a big fan of his work

What are you guys reading???

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14 responses to “52 Books in 52 Weeks – Harry Potter cont…

  • libraryowl33

    Actually, I’ve been working my way through Harry Potter for the fourth time in my life, and I’m about 2/3 through Deathly Hallows. I forget things and miss details with books and movies, so multiple rereadings are actually really enjoyable. I’m listening to the 2015 Printz winner Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, which is really good, and when I’m on the go I’m reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty on my Kindle app.

    • DitchTheBun

      How awesome is that app! Love that I can travel light and read books on my iPad 🙂
      I tried to read the first one a few years back (before the movies) and struggled. It almost stopped me from seeing the films, but then I saw the first film and LOVED it and have been meaning to try again ever since. I’m glad I did!

  • mn6363

    Okay. I’m a huge Potterhead. I always read the books prior to the movies and I can honestly say I totally agree when you say it feels like the movies cheated the books. I mean, I understand logically that they can’t make it scene by scene, however, some things could have been fixed. Voldemorts death scene for one. It literally was written to show how, after the horocruxes were destroyed, he was simply a man. /end rant!
    My favorite part of the Harry Potter books is when I’ve re-read them I’ve always found new links and foreshadowing in the books. Like the Vanishing Cabinet first appears in like Book 2! And it didn’t even play a huge part until book 6! And Dumbledore mentioned the Room of Requirement in book 4 and we don’t even see it until book 6! Jk is AMAZING!
    /end nerdgasm

    Lol seriously though! I’m so glad you can now say “I’ve actually read Harry Potter”

    • DitchTheBun

      I usually read books prior to seeing movies, but it just didn’t happen in this instance. It is great to go back and watch them now I have read the books.
      Voldemort’s death scene was a BIG one for me. I felt like it really needed that monologue from Harry. I was so happy that they kept in Molly taking on Bellatrix though. LOVED that scene!
      I noticed the foreshadowing too. I think because I knew what was coming from having watched the movies I was more aware of it. Some serious planning on JKs part there!
      I know right! I feel like you should be delivered a badge by owl when you finish reading it LOL.

      • mn6363

        Lol exactly! The final scene of deathly hallows was crap. The book was so beautiful and moving and he fixes his wand! But in the movie he just breaks it. What? It truly felt rushed and crappy! Lol you totally deserve a badge by owl!

        • DitchTheBun

          Oh I forgot about the wand. That annoyed me so much. Why not include that? It would have taken almost no extra screen time and would have made sense. Now he gets to keep Draco’s wand… um… yay I guess?

  • EmilyMaine

    I really need to read this series. What’s more I have only seen one, maybe two, of the films and don’t really know what happens so I’d probably really get a lot out of it. I am reading the Rose Effect at the moment and enjoying the idiosyncrasies of Don Tillman once again 🙂

    • DitchTheBun

      OMG I hope I didn’t spoiler you too much! Sorry if I did, I just got excited!
      I LOVE the Rosie Effect, the first book was definitely better, but I still loved the second one too. Apparently they are making it into a movie, casting would be so hard for that!

  • Am I Thirty?

    Ahh this makes me want to read Harry Potter again! I love that series soooo much!

  • Amy M.

    I desperately want to go back and read this series again! I’ve really gotten away from reading lately, and I don’t know why, because I do love it so. Before I go back to this one though, I need to read my “Divergent” series that I got for Christmas! I’m currently reading “Rachel’s Folly” right now…it was a free Kindle download about a woman who had an affair with her best friend’s fiance right before their wedding, and how she deals with it afterwards. I’ll get back to it soon so I can finish it and move on 🙂

    • DitchTheBun

      I love free Kindle books, they are the best! You get free books, but don’t have to worry about storing them when you are finished reading, does it get any better?!
      I got the Hunger Games Trilogy for Christmas, but it is staying in its wrapping until we have moved into our new home 🙂 I liked the Divergent series, but had a few issues with the relationships, there was just a lot of omissions and untruths that went on in quite a lot of the relationships which I think was on purpose, but because I am a straight forward kind of person it bothered me a lot.

      • Amy M.

        I got Hunger Games trilogy in 2014 for Christmas! I loved it!! I have well over 100 free books on my Kindle. My favorite thing about it is that I can take it on trips with me, and have all those books with me in a little lightweight thing, instead of carting around lots of bulky books! I’ll let you know how I like the Divergent series after I read it.

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