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Archive for October 16, 2007

Good-bye, Harry Potter

I  finished listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last night.  It completes more than four months of listening to the series on my commute to school.  What can I add about the series that has not already been said?  Not much. 

Something about myself came to light, however.  I have a need to hear stories and not just read them.  I previously read all the books in the series.  But at times, while listening, I thought, ”well, that was not in the book I read!”  It makes you wonder about your sanity a bit. I was relieved that book seven was more familiar as I had just read it in July. 

What I really loved though was hearing the subtle nuances made by Rowling that I missed reading.  Just last night, I realized the wide opening created by her to return with another book or series; would Harry’s children find out about the snitch lost in the forest and decide to look for it in the future?  I don’t know. 

My ears heard the last third of the book with a different focus.  Recently, a parent spoke to me about whether the book belonged in the library.  The concern for content: witches, wizards, and dark magic.  It has been debated on both sides of the issue.  To me, I stand firm that it is a story of good versus evil. Love triumphs hate.  I knew that reading the book but listening made it all the clearer.

The realization that I probably read too fast and skim many books hit me square in the face.  Global overview, I am good at, details, not so much.  It is most likely why I am in the library, so I can read aloud and hear what I am reading. 

So I say good-bye to Harry Potter and thank you. Thank you for turning the light on for me as a reader/listener.

I am off to listen to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Happy Reading.