I find the Harry Potter series enthralling. I have read the whole series at least three times now. Generally, if I can I’ll read them one after another. I read quickly but this is still a fortnight of Hogwarts. I am currently halfway through the Goblet of Fire, episode four of the set. It is not my favourite! The first one is still the best. I just love the fairy tale quality to it, it has an excitement and innocence that I love. The wand shop in Diagon Alley is a favourite location, it reminds me of a very old shop near where I live. Though it was stacked high with small boxes of Airfix models, rather than wands.
The films are so much like the books, and I suspect this is adds to their appeal. The image I have of Ollivander’s, the wand shop, fits so well with the description in the book. There is no awkward jarring, of film and book.
The characters too. The avuncular Dumbledore, the marvellously menacing Malfoy senior. And of course Snape. My friends have argued with me, yet I think Snape is a fabulous character. He blends cynicism, and spite, with courage and sensitivity. He hated Potter’s father, and hates Potter for similar reasons. Both were rule breakers, and charmers, who seem to have everything in their favour. Equally, though he loved Lily Potter, and strives ultimately to aid Potter, though he never likes him. As a teacher I would have hated him: as a character in a story he is outstanding.
Back to reading now though. I am looking forward to finishing this book and starting the Order of the Phoenix, with the brilliant Sirius Black.
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