Jun 1, 2007
I have fulfilled my promise to vanberge, I have finished the first Harry Potter book.
In many conversations over IM, Mulligans Pub, and countless other social gatherings I know the HP books are quite popular with most of my friends and acquaintances. The trailers for the movies make the story seem quite epic and the special effects appear to be top notch. A series that has sold 325 million copies couldn’t have all been sold to libarys and children so I thought there could be a chance that an adult like myself could enjoy the series. After taking a month to finish a 300 page book written for young adults I’m happy/sad? to report that is not going to be the case.
Now, I don’t feel that I’m above this type of material. Right now I’m reading the Maddox book (20 pages in and it’s hysterical) but really it’s rude, crude, but not some literary masterpiece. I’ve played many a videogame that have had cookie cutter story lines that I’ve enjoyed and could be considered on the same level and even below that of Harry Potter. When reading the book I just wasn’t able to allow myself to get into the story. Witches that turn into cats, riding broomsticks, abracadabra based magic, bully characters, and breaking the rules seemed to be the bulk of the story. When we finally get to some adventure and fighting it comes very late in the story and the battle with “Quirrell” lasts about a page. Yes, I understand Harry is only 11 years old in the first book so I was not expecting a confrontation on par with the “Final Battle“.
Before even starting this post I know backlash is going to be harsh. I’m fully expecting 10 comments saying “keep reading they get better”. Personally I’m pretty sure I’m not going continue reading the series, and I sure know I’m not going to keep reading like I have been Sword of Truth. Maybe on vacation I would pick up the second book if it was around. More then likely I’m going to just watch the movies at my leisure and be done with it.