15280Re: [mythsoc] HP6-a different view
- Jul 26, 2005In a message dated 7/25/2005 10:46:27 PM Central Standard Time,
Well, I will venture an opinion contrary to David's scathing one (and
to the negative views expressed in a couple of other posts). I love
all the Harry Potter books and I think the 6th, though not the best
of the lot, is a great read. They are not literary masterpieces and
the themes are at times muddled. But they are wonderfully engaging
portrayals of some delightful characters, both children and adults.
What draws me into Rowling's world and holds me there through
occasional lapses in the writing is Harry himself: what counts in the
story, what decides the outcome is not the magic tricks he does but
his mix of courage, determination, longing (for his parents),
ingenuity, loyalty, recklessness, fun-lovingness and other qualities
that develop as he grows up. I would have missed getting to know him,
had Rowling stopped with the bright, fresh and bouncy first book.
Sara, I agree with many of your points. In contrast to David B.'s
experience, I found the first one to be enjoyable like candy is enjoyable -- sweet,
quick, and gone. The second one didn't do much more for me, I enjoyed the third
and fourth, and hated much of the fifth. In fact, I was actually angry about
the fifth one. It had a couple of really good scenes, but the overall
structure and the ending conversation between Dumbledore and Harry especially grated
on me. And then somehow I find myself loving "Half-Blood Prince." I really
feel strongly about it.
Thanks for your post!
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