Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guest Post: HARRY POTTER (Eden from Pass the Chiclets)

Today... I've got an amazing guest post for you guys. It's from a very awesome blogger at Pass the Chiclets, and well... see for yourself. Welcome, Eden!



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A week or two ago, Audrey asked the question: “Which HP book is your favourite?” And to my horror, once I viewed the results, I saw that a large percentage of you haven’t read Harry Potter at all.

CARDINAL SIN.

It’s been called a “brilliantly imagined fantasy” (Kirkus Reviews), “a feat of which only a superior imagination is capable” by Steven King and a “satisfying, death-filled, torture-happy, magnificent read” by School Library Journal with “exquisitely evocative writing” (Publishers Weekly). English teachers are going to start adding it to the curriculum. It’s the classic of the decade, right along there with Lois Lowry’s The Giver.

But enough talk from the big guys. Hear out what I, your regular reader, have to say.



First, the small but important details: the books are British. This means splendid names like Hermione and wicked expressions like “blimey”, and all the movies subsequently are filled with delectable British accents. Harry’s also probably the only hero out there who wears glasses. I don’t know, I guess glasses make a protag seem less kick-butt or something, but I do know that this makes him all the more unique.

Now, onto the major stuff.

J K Rowling knows how to write a fantasy — her world-building is just spectacular. Hogwarts, the Ministry of Magic, the Quidditch World Cup, the Weasleys’ Burrow… each aspect of of the worlds of wizards and Muggles (that’s non-wizard for you noobs) is alive and potent.

A medicinal ingredient over which Snape and Harry have their first altercation in The Philosopher’s Stone (book #1) ends up saving Ron’s life in The Half-Blood Prince (book #6). A mysterious locket in The Order of the Phoenix (book #5), just an item on a list of objects turned out for spring-cleaning, turns out to be an item of extreme importance in The Deathly Hallows (book #7). Backstore secrets unwind and untangle throughout the whole tapestry, from Sirius Black’s true role in The Prisoner of Azkaban (book #3) to the stunning revelation about Snape in the final book.

And the sweeping scope of the content. Oh, gosh, I think I’m going to have to devote a whole paragraph to the theme of love itself.

No, it’s not girl-boy love, although that does show up in the later books. It’s the idea that love can conquer evil. That sounds cheesy, I know, but when it’s Harry’s only protection, only weapon against Lord Voldemort’s evil, and JKR shows us just how he manages it, it’s awe-inspiring. Especially concerning Snape at the end of The Deathly Hallows… it makes me teary thinking about it.

Every novel in the Harry Potter series reads like an episode, almost like they don’t have much to do with each other… but then all the pieces come together and it’s just BRILLIANT.

Brilliant, yo.

Seriously now. Why haven’t you read Harry Potter yet?








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#1 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
#2 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
#3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
#4 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#5 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
#6 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
#7 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Leave pretty thoughts in the comments for Eden, will you? =) Also, hmmm... who is your favourite Harry Potter character??

5 comments:

  1. great post! Harry has no fiercer supporter than myself, and it is SO hard to put into words all the things that make these books not just BOOKS.

    But, you covered all the great things - the world building, from trolls to the magical system to bezoars, the characters - from Ron to Sirius to Aunt Marge, and the idea (corny though it may be) that love is the strongest magic of all and that, in the end, the most surprising character of all is the one that shows us that (well, I guess the MOST surprising would be Voldemort, but you know who I mean).

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  2. I'm reading through Harry Potter for the very first time...just finished book #3...and I'm sittin' here thinking, "WHY on earth have I not read this before?" HAHA! So far, Fred and George and Professor Lupin are my favorite characters. Looking forward to book 4! :)

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  3. Now I'm feeling super guilty. :(

    I read the first Harry Potter book like two years ago and I liked it, but not enough to read all the books. But I have watched all the movies, and I've really enjoyed them.

    I plan to break down and read them all one day. Of course there is something completely wonderful about the idea that love can conquer all.

    Great guest post. You have managed to shameface me and make me smile. :)

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  4. I was SHOCKED when I realized a lot of people have NOT read Harry Potter. It just never occurred to me that someone might not have read it.

    Have you seen the trailer for the new movie? It looks intense!

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  5. Harry Potter isn't really my thing. I haven't even watched the movies. I think only the first one. The whole magic thing. Plus I feel uncontable for religious reasons. But I get that they writting is amazing. In the end, they don't apeal to me. :)

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