It’s a Pensieve! Created as a place to put down my thoughts on life and, more recently, to document memories.
Can you tell I am reading Harry Potter? Yes, one of the last to do so, I know. I’ve just finished books 4 and 5. The routine is that SportsBoy and I read the book, then watch the movie and do a compare/contrast. And he is taking this *seriously*! I finished book 4 the other day and he would NOT let me start 5 without seeing the movie first! He even went so far as to hide book 5 from me. Stinker!! Now it’s the same thing with 6.
I must say that Goblet of Fire was a very poor representaiton of the book. Of course it would be as the book was more than 600 pages. Order of the Pheonix was nearly 900!! The movies have to cut out so so much, and IMHO, TOO much. The wonder of these books is in the details.The little moments that all weave together from tale to tale. But I was truly irritated at the end of Goblet of Fire at the HUGE details left off or changed!! It had not been that bad with the first 3 at all. So we will see how the 5th movie can stand up. I hear they did perhaps split this one up? They had to I would think! I have lots of tv switching chores to do today, but I will get that movie so we can watch it. I want to read #6!!
LOL, I hear you!
My older daughter was 11 when Sorcerer’s Stone was published – the same age as Harry is in that book – so we’ve been reading the series for a long time. I can’t believe some of the things they changed or left out for the movies!
Remember in the first book, Fluffy the three-headed dog? In Greek mythology, Cerberus is a three-headed dog which guards the gates of Hades, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping. In the book, Hagrid says something about having gotten Fluffy “from some Greek fellow,” but in the movie he says he got Fluffy from “an Irish chap.” small, but very significant, difference. you lose some of the subtlety in the movies.
Right now I’m reading Tales of Beedle the Bard, it’s a short book Rowling wrote, it’s supposed to be fairy tales for children in the wizarding world. you might want to read it after you finsih the novels.
Blog = Pensieve: Oh dude, totally!!!
Quite profound, Hermione, to divine that the blog is a pensieve. Actually, I’m jealous that I didn’t think of that first.
Would you believe I’m starting to read HP1 to Moose? I used it as a diversionary tactic the other day and got him interested. He’s perfectly capable of reading it himself, but he likes me to read it to him. So cute!
Enjoy the series with SB! Wizard still secretly adores it.
I read the Harry Potter series all in one stretch from September to December 2007. AND I FELL IN LOVE! I can’t wait until we have kids so I can read it with them. I even bought book 1 for my parents this Christmas. JK Rowling is a brilliant story strategist…she’s one of two people I’d give almost anything to meet in person. We saw a preview for the next movie in the theater the other day and OMG –awesome!! Happy reading… 🙂
My favorite part of the first book is the chapter where they go to Diagon Alley for the first time. In the novel, it’s a scene of total wonder to Harry as he sees all of these things that he didn’t even know existed. In the movie, it barely touches upon it. That was a big disappointment to me.
You’re not the last one to read it. Spouse still hasn’t picked up book 5. I remember when Movie 5 was about to come out I was *THRILLED* to find out that my favorite scene from the book was in the movie, but they didn’t come close to doing it justice.
Wizard may secretly adore the books, but Chip keeps it no secret. We’re very excited the the exhibition is coming to CHICAGO and we’re planning to go. As members of http://www.msichicago.org we get 4 tickets to the exhibit. I won’t even bother to take Spouse or Princess. Spouse doesn’t love it enough and Princess doesn’t have the attention. The other day I was having coffee with Princess’ G-dmother and her (13 year old) daughter. I found two kindred spirits that will appreciate the tickets.