Reading Yesterday

July 30, 2007

Kate it still going on The Deathly Hallows and enjoying it. I finished re-reading The Philosophers Stone yesterday after deciding to start at the very beginning (as it’s a very good place to start) to remind and relive the adventures. Whilst reading I was struck by JKR’s forethought into this series. There are a number of facts and happenings that are not explained/mentioned/used until the last book. Things like: the information on the back of Dumbledore’s Chocolate Frog Card (12 uses of Dragon’s blood and the mention of his battle with Grindelward), the significance of the invisibility cloak, the intricacies of Gringotts and Snape’s reaons for protecting Harry. Impressive. Most impressive. I was speaking to Adrian R. last night at church (he’s another HP nut) and he heard that JKR wrote the last chapter of Deathly Hallows before she’d found a publisher for Philosophers Stone!


Sleep Yesterday

July 30, 2007

We slept in yesterday after a lovely dinner with Russ & Nomes on Friday – we got to see Will & Issac too! We woke about 11 and, after bowls of Coco Pops in bed, started reading (more on that later). Sleeping is great (it’s one of Kate’s favourite things to do) and I find a sleep in a necessary remedy to 6 days of early starts for morning shifts at work. However sleep was in short supply yesterday evening with neither Kate nor I able to get to sleep before 12.30am (I didn’t drop off till around 2am). Oh well, I’m functioning pretty well today but it’s a good thing I’ve tomorrow off as well!

Reading Magic

July 20, 2007

“You’re inviting Satan into your home and opening yourself up to him”. That’s what one of the ladies (a Christian) at work said when we started talking about the Harry Potter series. I disagreed and said I thought there was more of a problem with the romance novels (soft porn for girls) she enjoys. We agreed to disagree.

Kate and I put down our current novels last week to re-read The Half Blood Prince in prep for tomorrow’s release of The Deathly Hallows (AWESOME!). I noticed something interesting about the books we replaced – Kate: ‘The Hobbit’ and Me: ‘Kiss Kiss’ by Roald Dahl (a collection of short stories) both are from authors in who’s writing magic features heavily. I distinctly remember, as kids, Dad refusing to let us read ‘The Witches’ by Dahl (along with banning cartoons featuring bad guys with red eyes – evil?).

I was wondering if there was such a problem with these two well loved and widely read authors back in their day? Why does Harry pose such a problem? Is it the setting of a magical realm within our reality as opposed to Tolkein’s other worlds or Dahl’s wildly imaginative parallel?