Monday, July 13, 2009

Harry Potter 3, 4 and 5 - oh, and that little movie coming out on Wednesday



I've plotted. I've prepared. I'm almost ready. Books 3,4,5 read. Finished. How were they? Wonderful. I listened to them, which was really fun by the way. Jim Dale must be a national treasure. I love his voice. It's so animated and fun, so well done it played through my head like on a movie screen. I highly recommend it, since the movies do leave out a ton of great stuff. I'd forgotten alot of the original stories. Do I really need to discuss them? Is there one person on the planet who hasn't read these books? Really? I don't believe you. Book 3 - short and to the point. The first one I really liked in the series. Book 4 - way too long, but entertaining with a great plot twist in the end. Book 5 - Pretty good actually, but the point was a little muddled. I expected a bigger climax sort-of ending, other than just "the prophesy". Holy adverbs, but whose counting. Not me.

Just started Book 6. And the movie, ah, yes, but I'm starting to sweat in unusual places. Will I be done with it before the movie comes out? Will I be allowed to get away for 2.5 hours? Will I be able to sit through it without having to take someone to pee? I swear I miss half the movies I see with my kids because I give them too much to drink. This time no water for 5 hours before!

I couldn't find that new trailer anywhere. Looks like they yanked it. Idiots. Here's an old one. In the words of Ron, "Who cares!" Boy it looks like it'll be creepy. Ya-hoo!

18 comments:

hamilcar barca said...

" Do I really need to discuss them? Is there one person on the planet who hasn't read these books? Really? I don't believe you. .

i've only read the first HP book, and i read that one in French. i enjoyed it, but haven't gotten around to reading the rest of the series in any language.

Lula O said...

What?? How can that be. Of course, my husband hasn't read them either. But he hasn't seen any Star Trek or any of the Star Wars movies, so he doesn't count.

You read the first in French? Wow, that should count for like, three. Your next car trip you should get them from the library. They're really fun to listen to.

Padfoot and Prongs - Good Books Inc. said...

oh dear lord I can not wait for the movie. I decided not to re read before the movie this time though, because if I re read right before hand, I tend to get very judgmental of the movie. This way I will be pleasantly indifferent to all of the missing details and can just sit an enjoy myself.

hamilcar barca said...

reading a book in a foreign language is interesting, but slow. you get a lot of new vocaulary that you'd never learn in a school course, so half your time is spent in the Eng/Fre dictionary.

it's mostly new verbs. words like "whined", "stammered", etc. some nouns like "owl". and even some nonsense words. they used something else for the term "Muggles".

i'm in awe that your husband hasn't seen any of those movies. there are only one or two of the Star Trek ones worth watching, but the Star Wars ones are a must-see.

Lula O said...

Yes, I am very excited as well. There just are so few movies to look forward to lately. I am worried about comparing the two, but I'm just too impatient to wait. A serious character flaw on my part.

Yes, Hamilcar, my husband is weird. He was ten when the first one came out and his parents didn't even take him to see it! I know, child abuse.

Reading a popular book in a new language would be a fun way to fine tune your skills that's for sure. I think that's really cool.

Angie said...

Good luck with finishing before the movie comes out. I've never read any of the books, or seen any of the movies, but my sister is trying to peer pressure me into reading the first book this coming weekend.

hamilcar barca said...

My carpool partner is going to the midnight showing of HP-6 tonight. I should get a groggy, incoherent review of it tomorrow on the way to work.

Trixie said...

[This comment may contain spoilers if you haven't read the books already and are planning to do so and/or to see the forthcoming movie.]
I just finished the last of the 7 books. No chance to think about or write reviews yet though.
I believe it was only the second time I'd read Numbers 6 and 7. I have to say, this time through, I was really able to savor the characters and see the development of the love interest between Harry and Ginny and between Ron and Hermione.
And I could also see the line up and thought process Dumbledore had in setting up his own death. I think that is the most fascinating part of HP6, and I too am looking forward to seeing the HP6 movie.
Can't believe Amanda hasn't chimed in yet! Thanks for your review Lula.

Amanda said...

Here I am! Chiming in! The only reason I haven't is I've been away at the ALA conference in Chicago for the last 5 days with no internet access except brief snatches at the conference internet cafe. Not enough time ot respond to anything except the absolutely important stuff. Unfortunately, blog comments don't count in that category. However, I'm chiming in now, I can't wait to see the movie but it'll probably be Saturday before i go, and book 3 is definitely THE BOOK for really getting into this series. The first two are good, but the third is where it really really connects. You have to read through book 3 before you can tell whether or not you like the series.

hamilcar barca said...

a 30-word HP-6 movie review, courtesy of my carpool partner...

"Heavy on the drama; light on the action. Doesn't follow the book at all. Not the best HP movie; not the worst. Dads are not the target audience."

Lula O said...

Maybe it's good I've not finished the reread then darn it. If there's kissing though, then I am the target audience. :P

hamilcar barca said...

i will check re the kissing. stay tuned.

hamilcar barca said...

there is kissing.

Lula O said...

Yes Housten, I can confirm there is much snogging in this one.

Does that happen in book 6? I can't remember and I haven't gotten that far yet.

Amanda said...

Oh yes, much snogging in the book.

Trixie said...

Definitely much snogging in this book. I'm debating whether to go see the movie today??

chosha said...

Loved the books and the movies. The third movie is my favourite and not just because I'm a huge fan of Lupin. I saw the latest movie last night and it was really good. With the books I'm not sure which is my favourite, but I know that the 5th is my least favourite - Harry is such an angry, angsty teen in that book.

I do apologise in advance, but there is one thing on which I must disagree. Jim Dale? I had to look twice to make sure you really didn't follow that with the word 'sucks'. ;) I don't mind his voice narrating Pushing Daisies, but his version of Harry Potter makes me want to kick things. He makes everybody (especially Hermione) sounds so whiny and nasal.

Now the Stephen Fry version, on the other hand, is pure unadulterated genius and joy and I could listen to it all day long. On occasion I have. :)

Lula O said...

Yes, I know Hermoine does have a whiny voice Jim Dale style, but Rowling kindof wrote her that way. Not really his fault, but yes it is nasal and whiny. I think he does a really good job on the other ones, most especially Snape, Dumbledore, Fudge, and Umbridge. Perfect dialect. Perfect ahem's. I laughed my head off.

I just saw the movie too. It was delightful, dark and funny at the same time. I do have one complaint - Snape was a lot meaner in book 6 than in this movie, but then we didn't know the outcome then did we.