I remember fondly coming home one day to find my Granny reading this book. She always had to keep up with things that were popular. It was around book 4 when I actually heard the word Harry Potter crop up in the media with news of the Books release much anticipated and kids and some adults dressed as witches and wiards as they lined up all night to be the first ones to buy it. I rolled my eyes and mocked it clinging to my belief that we had books like this when I was younger, the only difference was they were overhyped like these were.
Well after giving into the temptation to finally find out what they are all about I reach Book 4 on this year by year read. I have been looking forward to this one. If the movie was anything to go by this would be a treat I thought. The dark tone of the story coming to the front.
It didn’t disappoint. From the very first page of the book 4 people are already dead. Damn…. Dumbledore too is actually serious in this. He transforms from his wise speaking/cracking gentleness into one who is serious and at one time even has a bitter tone to his voice. Even the book describes him as not having a twinkle in his eyes but a cold fury in every line of the ancient face.
The Book is very good and a real page turner especially the last few chapters which are heart pounding tense when we get to Voldemort. but I can’t help thinking it could have done with a good editor at times. The elves uprising which goes nowhere, the quidditch world cup and the dance party were all things that could easily be cut out to keep up the excitement. It takes almost 200 pages just to get to the Hogwarts school where as in previous books this would have been almost the ending point of the story. When we finally get to the big confrontation I could breath a sigh of relief that I had made it to the part I had been waiting to read he past 600 pages.But then after that we have a way too long basil exposition to explain everything that has been going on the past 700 pages. Again if you’re gonna write that much of a mystery built upon plot twists it’s going to take a lot of explaining. I almost feel the explanation of everything at the end was to avoid answering any questions by fans on the net.
I anticipate the future HP book readings with equal delight and knowing groans.
Favorite Quote: If you want to know what a man ‘s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. – Sirius Black