Harry potter?

You read the Harry Potter series?

  1. yes, they're pretty excellent

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  2. yes, because i read them to some kids...

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  3. no, and i have no desire to

    46.4%
  1. well, dunno if anyone reads the books.... but one way to find out.... who reads them eh?

    well, my girls at camp are doing "wizarding for muggles" which is a harry potter themed two weeks at camp. its been loads of fun. the other day the 6th book came out and we went to Borders in Keene to a book party, and we all dressed up and got the new book. we left on friday, the 15th, and waiting till midnight when it officially became the 16th. the girls were so tired, and one fell asleep on my shoulder on the way back, (SO CUTE!!) but it was a great time. i bought some bertie bott's beans, and droobles best blowing gum, and also a chocholate frog, (i got Gilderoy Lockhart.) i finished the new book already, it was about 650 pages, i read it all yesterday. it was good.... but sad....

    anyway. just thought i'd share. i'm only on break for another hour, then back to living at the camp!
     
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  3. harry potter is yucky :yuck:
     
  4. cronxeh

    cronxeh 1,232
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    hate. everything. harry potter. must. die!
     
  5. hah, ok, i didn't know there was already a thread. sorry! i only get a two hour break, i don't have time to look through everything i've missed. i skimmed for a thread that said harry potter.... "i can't wait till tomorrow" didn't register as an HP thread...
     
  6. It's ok...I was just showing you that there are people here who read it....

    We can have two Harry Potter threads...

    Regards
     
  7. I haven't read the last two books in the series. The ones I did read were interesting and easy to read.
     
  8. Evo

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    I had never heard of Harry Potter until the first movie came out. I guess there was too much hype. I watched the movie to see what all the fuss was about, and perhaps my expectations were set too high because I didn't think it was that great. But it is for children, so that could explain a lot. :tongue:

    I love fantasy novels, but this just isn't capable of holding my interest, it's too simple and predictable.
     
  9. it suxxxxxx. but at least its better than the previous crazes (barney, power rangers ,pokemon,watevar)
     
  10. Astronuc

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    I love the Harry Potter series. :biggrin: I would say they are "pretty excellent" or as Ron would say "bloody brillian"! :biggrin:

    They are written for pre-teen or juvenile audience of about 10-12 years of age - but that is OK, because that is the level of my mind sometimes. :biggrin: They are somewhat simple, but some plots are very clever, IMO, and the imagery is spectacular. I would like to see more dragons, and if only Rowling could work in an Ancient Multihued Dragon (but those I've only encountered in the Mines of Moria :biggrin: ).

    I like many of the characters, particularly Albus Dumbledore, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black ( :frown: ), Mad-eye Moody, Hagrid, Professor Minerva McGonagall, and Arthur and Molly Weasley, and the Weasley family. :smile:

    Is it corny? Yes. But I like corny sometimes. Then again, I liked the movies "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music".

    I started reading the stories to my daughter and son, and I got hooked on the first book.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2005
  11. Although I haven't read the books myself, my peers (=17 years old) tell me that the books have gotten much more mature, and that the characters have grown up with them. I really don't know though..

    *Whoops.. This was a response to Evo.
     
  12. i just liek the series being a magic world in our times rather then scifi novel of orcs/elves/knights/rangers....my themworld is aliens/marines
    wish they continued the starshiptroppers 3D cartoon...that was awesome.
     
  13. Evo

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    I could see that, they started reading the books as small children and the children in the books are also growing up.

    As an adult used to reading more mature fantasy (Jordan, Feist, Wurtz, Eddings, etc...) it didn't appeal to me. I'm not saying it's no good, I'm just used to reading something with a more complex plot and characters, and more thought provoking.
     
  14. I love them, only because they set my wild imagination on fire, i read the 1st line in a paragraph and iamgine how things are goin to be, but i don't read the rest of the paragraph, so i'm not sure how is it like reading it...:D
     
  15. They are a fantastic read! I plan on reading them to my grandkids, when they get older.
    My book get passed around to 5 adults, ,ages 23 to 66, befor it returns to me.
    Glad to hear your enjoying your time with the kids Gale!
     
  16. Integral

    Integral 7,349
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    Evo,
    Don't judge the books by the movie. I urge you to give the first one a read. It is a small investment in time, if you don't care for it, there will be little lost. OTOH, I will bet if you read the first one, the rest will follow shortly.

    I also started the set by reading the first one (acutally the first 3!) to my daughter. I was hooked by the first one. I am now starting on the latest, during the time my daughter buts it down. We both should be finished in a few days.
     
  17. Evo, I have to agree with Integral. I didn't really have much desire to read them myself. I liked the movies and my last g/f urged me to read the books. The first one and the second one are almost entirely the same as the movies. The third is somewhat differant from the movie as the story line is becoming more mature and complex with the age of the characters and readers so there is more back story and more details that just wont fit in a movie. I probably wouldn't have been able to get through reading those three if it weren't for them being quick reads and the way that Rowling writes drew me in. After reading those three though I really wanted to read the rest so I went out and bought the next two books(the first three were loaned to me by my ex). Maybe I just have that need to finish a series when I start it but it really seemed to me that they get better with each installment. I'm hoping that this one continues that trend.
     
  18. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    Ok, you both know how much I think of your opinions, (not to mention a couple of my favorite guys) :grumpy:

    Oh, but you guys don't know the wonderful books I've read!!!

    Have you read Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, Feist's books (even if it's only "Magician Apprentice") The Belgariad by Eddings, or "Daughter of the Empire" "Servant of the Empire" by Janny Wurtz, then you will understand what I am used to in a book on fantasy. Oh, if you only knew the worlds I have explored in these incredible books.

    Have you read the books on Raistlin and the Kender?

    The "Rift War Sagas". Have you read those? The places your imagination will be taken...

    Have you read these and still think Harry Potter is on a similar level? (actually I bought two of the videos and they're in my closet, haven't had a chance to watch them yet) :redface:

    Darn it! We need to get together and start a book club!!!

    TSA...if you haven't read these yet, I'm willing to read them over again, so we could read them together. Would you have the time? Anyone else want to branch out into some good books?
     
  19. I've read the Wheel of Time series (my favorite), and I still enjoy Harry Potter. This may not be true of you, but there's only one way to find out, right?
     
  20. Awwww... thank you Evo. :blushing:

    I'm not a huge fan of fantasy myself, I'm more a fan of science fiction and satire, so I haven't read any of the books you mentioned (I haven't even read The Lord of the Rings yet :redface:). Have you ever read any Tim Powers? It's not high fantasy, so not very epic, and it has some elements of sci fi in it but his work is very creative fantasy set mostly in the modern era.
    I'm quite sure you have good taste in liturature. I also realize that Harry Potter is not what you're used to, but if you haven't read any of the books yet you might want to just give the first one a whirl and see what you think. The style of an author can sometimes make up for what's lacking so far as substance.

    I've never been part of a book club before. I would definitely read anything you might suggest. I usually have plenty of time for reading. It's what I usually do before I go to bed some times even resulting in loss of sleep because I stayed up all night to finish a book. Right now I'm finishing a book on Vlad Tepes. I almost forgot that the new Harry Potter book was coming out and plan on getting that with in the week. Other than that I don't have any plans for reading anything. Though I do still have copies of Don Quixote and Finigan's Wake which I haven't read yet.
    The only other constraint might be with time available to discuss because I only have net access at work right now. I have plenty of free time while I'm here I just would be restricted by when. If it's just a thread here on PF that I could add to when I have the chance then that could work.
     
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