Monday, August 5, 2013

HARRY POTTER: A Retrospective (Part 1) by Sean

Keating Ratings: 1=Boring 10=Awesome

Editor’s Note: Sean began reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this week. I think eight-years-old is a bit young for a book filled with so much sorrow and evil. And yet, I’m jealous that he got to have Harry, Hermione and Ron as such great childhood companions. We have big plans to re-watch the entire series before we watch the final two movies (which cross over from Fantasy to Horror, in my opinion), and I’ve asked him to go back and capture his experience with each book. Today’s post marks the first in this eight part series.

You’ve probably already read the whole series, but I’m going to write as if you haven’t---just in case.

Well, first of all it started when I was 5 years old. My older brother Aidan and my mom were reading it together, and when we took a long drive to Park City, my mom got the audio book for us to listen to in the car. Aidan ended up finishing the whole series that summer on his own, so Mom and I continued reading.

harry book 1

The first book is called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 

I was young back then so I was shocked that his aunt and uncle could be so mean. I thought all the Every-Flavor Beans sounded kind of gross. I liked Ron a lot, and liked that Harry didn’t let Draco Malfoy choose his friends for him. Okay, it is impossible to talk about them separately now, without thinking about the other books, like the book I just finished last month, #6, when Mr. Weasley says what a lucky day it was for all the Weasleys when Ron sat in the same train car as Harry on the way to Hogwarts.

To be honest, I’ve forgotten a lot of the names from this book---I had to go look up the three-headed dog’s name. It’s Fluffy (even though he isn’t very fluffy!). There are a bunch of challenges at the end and each of the main character’s special talents help. I liked how Ron’s chess abilities came in handy---I was really worried that he got killed on the chess board.

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

Score: 7

Favorite part: My favorite part of the whole book [Editor’s note: Spoiler Alert!] is when Harry finally duels against Voldemort.Voldemort doesn’t have a body yet, so he shares with Professor Quirrell.

Movie Review: 6

 My mom didn’t even let me watch my favorite scene because she thought it would be too scary (it WASN’T!), and Aidan got to stay up and watch it all without me. So unfair. But we had a big party to celebrate that we had finished the first book and Aidan and I got to pick the menu based on ideas from the book.

 

Harry Potter Feast 2010

Don’t worry ---the Werewolf’s blood is really ketchup. And we didn’t get any of the gross flavors of Jelly Bellies for Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

And, later that year I finished Chamber of Secrets, and before we watched that movie, my mom let me watch all of The Sorcerer's Stone, finally!




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