Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

COVER harry potter and the sorcerer's stone by j.k. rowlingRating: 8 out of 10
Summary: Is a summary really necessary?

My Thoughts: Again, been on a Harry Potter marathon this week. I re-read the sixth book first (in preparation for the movie), then continued with the seventh book, and jumped back to the first. Also watched the fourth and fifth movies.

It was interesting reading Sorcerer’s Stone right after having read the last two books in the series. Rowling’s first Potter novel was a little simplistic, which is kind of nice, and definitely expected. There is a lot less Doom and Gloom and End of the World going on, and more focus on Harry’s school life and friends and little daily obstacles. You can see clearly how much Harry’s world has changed and also how Rowling has evolved as a writer.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

COVER harry potter and the half blood prince j.k. rowlingRating: 8 out of 10
Summary: The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

My Thoughts: In preparation for the movie coming out July 15th, I’ve gone on a bit of a Potter binge this past week. I wanted to refresh my memory on what exactly happens in the 6th installment, and all I could recall was that I hadn’t really liked the 6th book… I think it’s because I rushed through it too quickly and somebody gave away the ending to me which upset me very much at the time.

Anyway, I read over it again with a fresh perspective and really enjoyed it. I really like the Harry Potter series, and am looking forward to the new movie as well.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

bbRating: 7 out of 10
Summary: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter. (from bn.com)

Commentary: This was a fun add-on to the series of Harry Potter. I really liked the commentary from Dumbledore, and the drawings by J.K. Rowling were fun. It was a little on the short side, but I liked how it expanded on the Harry Potter universe.

It just makes me sad that there will be no more Harry Potter books!