Monday, May 4, 2020

Reading Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K.Rowling
In which we meet an eleven-year-old boy who is chuffed to learn that he is actually a famous wizard, and accompany him through his first year at wizarding school in which he makes lovely friends, learns to play Quidditch, and defeats the dark lord who killed his parents. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
During Harry's second year at school, he deals with the foolish new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, unravels more mysteries, and once again confounds He Who Must Not Be named

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling
There's a big black dog stalking Harry and also an insane escaped inmate who is linked to the Potters' deaths and apparently skulking about Hogwarts. Harry and his friends solve another curious case using a magical necklace, a spot of time travel, and a wink and a smile from Headmaster Dumbledore

When it comes to Harry Potter, I’m a terrible snob. The movies...well, let's not even talk about the movies. How far they fall short of these marvelous stories. Of course, the books are marvelous, through and through, and back in the day, we spent endless hours reading them aloud as a family. But even more spell-binding and infused with rich storytelling are the audio books. Narrated by the extraordinary Jim Dale, his crisp British tone, brilliant pacing, and amazing range of character voices boost the entertainment value of the Harry Potter franchise through the roof. We own the CD sets of all seven books; my daughters grew up listening to them endlessly and to this day, I break them out whenever I'm facing a long road trip or a big painting project. These audiobooks are, in a word, magical and I recommend them with highest praise. 

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