Post by Sarah93 on Jul 5, 2018 15:33:07 GMT
First, JK Rowling is an amazing writer. The themes found in Harry Potter are deep, profound, and philosophical. Themes like "Do not pity the dead. Pity the living, especially those who live without love." It's so smart and deep. She writes about things that can apply to real life, despite the fact everything takes place in a fictional magical world. There is a reason Harry Potter is the best selling book series of all time and has sold half a billion copies worldwide. It is really just that freakin' good.
Second, I was so pleasantly surprised at some of the plot twists at the end involving Snape and Dumbledore. The epilogue where Harry names all of his kids after Dumbledore and his parents. Ron and Hermione getting married. It's all just so perfect. I admit when I finished the very last sentence, my heart had a pang of sadness. I'm so sad to finish the series. I know I can read it over and over again, but there is nothing like reading it with fresh eyes for the first time. It's only new to you once. I will never be able to read it again quite with the same excitement I did the first time, not knowing what happens and reading each page faster and faster, literally on the edge of my seat, to find out what happens next. I'm sure I will forget details. And now knowing the full story, when I read it again, I will likely find new details I may have missed the first time. But still, it won't be the same as that first time.
Fortunately, there are the spinoffs, like Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, and I actually just over the weekend bought the Tales of Beedle the Bard, which is the book of wizarding fairytales mentioned in the Deathly Hallows. There are also the movies. I know it's not over and I can enjoy Harry over and over again, through the books and the movies. But it is sad, all the same for me.
I strongly suggest if anyone has only seen the movies but not read the books, to definitely read the books if you get the chance. The movies don't even come close to doing the books justice. The books, in my opinion, are some of the greatest literary works of our time. Absolutely genius and brilliantly written, brilliantly thought out. I love how JK Rowling really created an entire universe where each thing has its own name and everything has that feeling of feeling real. That's what makes it so enticing to read. It sucks you in to the point that sometimes I was so lost in it that I wasn't even aware of what was going on around me.
It really says something that initially I thought the whole concept of Harry Potter was some stupid copycat fantasy series that everyone only liked because it was popular. My thoughts changed completely as soon as I began reading the first book. I became an instant Potterhead, fully dedicated to reading each book in full and watching its respective film to properly explore the tale in as extreme and accurate detail as possible. As JK Rowling wrote in the dedication of the Deathly Hallows, I stuck with Harry until the very end.
I spent one month in Germany, so I'm still reading The Order of The Phoenix haha but I agree with you 100%.
I still remember when I went to the movie theater to watch The Deathly Hallows Part 2, and my friends and I all realized "our childhood is over" once you see Harry, Hermione and Ron as parents haha it was quite a sad moment, so I can't even imagine how I'll feel once I'll finish the last book.
I do agree HP is one of the best contemporary literary writing series: it's a complete parallel world, and it's so perfectly described, that you believe it's true, beside, as you said, it talks about so many themes in such a great way that... yes, JK Rowling is an amazing writer.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, and yes it's not over 'cause you can still read the books over again and watch the movies again (I've personally decided to held an HP marathon in the months of October and November, where I read the books and watch the movies again haha), but you're right... there's nothing like reading the book for the first time, not knowing how it's going to end, and Rowling writes in such a great way that she captures you, you don't want to close the book 'cause you want to know how it's going to end
About the movies... you guys are right, the movies are nothing compared to the books, but I also have to say that the movies are of great quality with the best actors ever, I could never imagine an HP remake with other actors, as you guys have also said and I think it's due, not only for the length of the books, but also because of its complexity and many characters, it's never easy to adapt a novel into a movie, so I think they did their best