Revisited: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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And now, as Monty Python often said, for something completely different – a film adaptation of a Harry Potter book that I actually liked! Well, sort of.

After my parents arrived on Wednesday, we ordered pizza and settled in to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m not entirely sure if it matched their remembrances or expectations, but it definitely exceeded mine. For though I knew the story, I had forgotten how funny this movie actually is. Which feels a bit odd to say, given what happens, but still, there is no denying that there are some great moments, such as Lavender Brown’s over-the-top infatuation with Ron Weasley and Harry’s comment that some people don’t like acromantulas due to their pincers.  Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Good morning readers and Happy Friday!! I know my Harry Potter Week took a bit of a detour a few days ago, but family coming into town for Thanksgiving will do that to you! I’m still determined to finish out the week though, so I’m planning on doubling or tripling up on posts, depending on what all I can accomplish today. For now, I’m getting back on track with my revisit of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

This book in particular has always been my mother’s favorite, and she’s especially enamored with the fight at the Ministry of Magic. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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As I mentioned at the beginning of yesterday’s post, I didn’t get into the Harry Potter series until the first three books were already out – though I think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still in hardback. Because of that, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has always held a special place in my heart since it was the book that really launched me into the fandom. In fact, it was the first (and as far as I can recall, only) midnight release party that I went to, though I did work the one for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seven years later.

The movie version of this story has been a particular favorite too as it came out in 2005, the year I was studying abroad at Oxford, where many of the buildings were actually film locations. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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My family was a little late to the Harry Potter party when the books first came out in the late 1990s and I think we got into it right around the time Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban first came out. Interestingly, I was introduced to the Boy Who Lived by my father, who had discovered him through one of his colleagues. The series quickly became a family favorite, with all three of us tearing through the books just as quickly as we could, and then discussing everything that was going on.

But despite having not returned to the third Harry Potter book since its release in 1999, I found during my revisit that I actually remembered just about all of the key plot points. Read More

Nerd Alert

Earlier this summer, I decided that – for the first time in nearly 20 years – I would revisit all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, as well as the eight companion films. My plan was to chronicle my thoughts on the 26th of each month, beginning in June – the actual bookiversary for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

While I was able to stick to that schedule for the first two months, things went off the rails a bit after that and I found myself continually behind. For the past several weeks, however, I have been consumed with the series and am determined to close it out this week! In honor of the occasion, everything in today’s “Nerd Alert” concerns the Boy Who Lived. The next five days will wrap up my revisit posts and then I’ll share a full series debrief on Saturday. It’s a lot, I know, but I hope you enjoy!  Read More