Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

…and 759 pages and roughly 24 hours later, it ends. I had a hard time putting this one down! (be warned! spoilerish observations to follow…I will assume you have read the previous six books…) With the seventh and final book in the “Harry Potter” saga, J.K. Rowling brings the epic saga of the Boy-Who-Lived to a rollicking close. At last, we learn (most of) the truths behind Harry’s past, Voldemort’s schemes, Snape’s uncertain loyalties, and Dumbledore’s secret plans. For the most part, all of these plot threads play out nicely, with all of the big reveals coming at a breathless pace as the pages fly quickly by. Harry, at last fully freed from the fetters of childhood, is able to confront his nemesis on his own terms and fulfill the destiny he’s long been seeking. Ron and Hermione are his constant companions in the final journey, staying one step ahead … Continue reading

Harry the Fifth

Last night, my wife and I braved the crowds at the local AMC to catch the 12:01 am show of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these midnight premieres, but even after the mixed reviews that the film has been getting, we were really looking forward to visiting Harry’s world once again. Note: I’m going to try and keep this relatively spoiler-free, but I assume most of you have read the fifth book by now. What’s the verdict? I liked it. The filmmakers did a capable job of translating the book into a watchable 2 hour movie. I should point out that I wasn’t real crazy about the book–it felt overlong and overwrought, and left me exhausted after I finished it. I hate to put it quite this way, as I love the world that Rowling has created, but the … Continue reading