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Michael Engle
Date: 2010-01-21 10:15
Subject: Harry Potter
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Jane and I began a round of Harry Potter by listening to the audio tapes of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on on the way to Michigan with Kate. We finished listening to the first book on our return trip to Ithaca the day after New Year's. Since then we have been reading the books out loud to each other in sequence. We are now five chapters into book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It's great fun reading it out loud.

Before this, I had seen the movie of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a couple of years ago,but that didn't decrease my enjoyment of the story when Kate loaned me the book version last year and I read it to myself. Rereading it out loud with Jane was another equally enjoyable experience. Now we are both thoroughly hooked. I'm sure we will read the remainder of the seven titles out loud. I'm surprised how different is it to hear a book read aloud by a professional reader, read it/listen to it being read aloud by me and Jane, reading it on page silently, and seeing a movie adaptation. Each medium is unique and alters the story.

I also noticed that I can read aloud for a long time--two hours, maybe--when the story flows. It's almost as good as the Lord of the Rings triology. I do like the existence of a world of witches and wizards behind everyday Britain. But I prefer the evocation of the natural world and its despoilations in the Rings: the forests of Lothlorien and the Ents, the mountains and rivers, the tunnels, the stripped wastelands of Mordor.

Reading aloud reawakens memories of the ancient oral traditions and takes me into Sherman and Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine. I see lots of borrowings from other tales. It's all part of the constant reworking of the stories. Go JK!
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rif
User: rifmeister
Date: 2010-01-21 16:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Anna and I strongly recommend Wizard People, Dear Reader. I think you would enjoy it.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-01-22 18:48 (UTC)
Subject: Seconded!
I would wholeheartedly second that recommendation!

I recently re-watched/listened to Wizard People, Dear Reader and found it even better than the first time.

Cheers,
-Dave Z.
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Michael Engle
User: refwhiz
Date: 2010-01-21 23:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks. We'll check it out. Another dimension of HP!
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