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review 2017-09-20 16:21
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

Diving back into the world of Harry Potter has been really fun. I forgot just how much I missed this series. Jim Dale is extraordinary as he reads the book. I am catching so many things that I either skimmed over when I read it the first time because I was inhaling the book, or just plain forgot. It's still as fresh and new to me as it was the first time I read it more than 10 years ago.  

 

I am using this for the Magical Realism bingo square!

 

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text 2017-09-13 06:51
Ummm, which book reviews are attached where?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter) - Newt Scamander,J.K. Rowling

I was eyeballing the reviews attached to this book page before I wrote mine. I pulled the page up by the ISBN and my book matches the one described. However, the reviews are all about the screenplay version, which I'm pretty sure is a completely different animal. The book I read, and am reviewing, is basically the textbook from Hogwarts, not the movie in book format.

 

That being said, I enjoy this book a lot. I got around to reading it again because I showed my daughters the movie and then tipped them to the fact that I had the book. Just in case they wanted to read it, ya know. What I like most about this book is that I can totally see this being a used textbook that Harry received. The "notes" written in the margins are amusing and relate to the various adventures from the series. The descriptions of the creatures themselves are informative but not professorially dry for the most part.

 

Having read this book well before the movie came out I resisted watching it for many, many moons. So when I finally gave in a watched the movie, I was pleased that my mental picture of Scamander's mannerisms was reflected quite a bit in the screen version. The fact that Rowling wrote both has no small part in that.

 

Don't go into this version thinking of the movie. Go into it thinking of the Hogwarts classes and students. It totally fits in there.

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review 2017-09-12 19:35
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

My reread of CoS this time included the audiobook (read by Jim Dale) and the illustrated version. 

 

The audiobook is great. I'm not sure how I feel about the illustrated version. The illustrations are beautiful, but sometimes they don't match up with my own vision of Diagon Alley or Hogwarts or even the characters. I think they're nice as a supplement to the original series, but I don't feel any need to own these copies (the books are so large that I found reading this copy awkward). 

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review 2017-09-12 19:26
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - ... Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

If you are a fan of Harry Potter and have never listened to one of the audiobooks read by Jim Dale, check one out if you can. Rowling's writing makes for easy listening. And Jim Dale is a brilliant reader. 

 

Books one through four were bedtime listening when I was a kid. This proved to be dangerous when I tried to listen to them while driving as an adult (I got veeerrry sleeeepy). 

 

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text 2017-09-11 22:22
Reading progress update: I've listened 615 out of 1230 minutes.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

Apparently Jim Dale set a world record when he used 125 different voices for this audio. I can believe it! He is absolutely fabulous! I am going to use this one for the magical realism bingo square for obvious reasons! :)

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