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Re: Harry Potter Books
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2018, 02:15:33 PM »
Just an observation after the fact, I really hope SisterAgatha seeks professional help. I don't know what underlying issues her pathological lying stems from, but it just isn't normal to want to lie to people and then retract statements with "Oh, I was only joking!" over and over again.  ::)
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Re: Harry Potter Books
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2018, 08:11:43 PM »
Yeah, I've had my lifetime share of misbehaving toddlers.
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Re: Harry Potter Books
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2018, 12:58:38 AM »
To get off tangent, I tried reading the first HP book but found it too juvenile for my taste and, based on that, I ignored all the movies too.  But last night, for lack of anything better to do, I watched HPs 1 and 2 and kind of enjoyed them.  Admittedly mostly the parts with Snape (my heart still bleeds over Alan Rickman) but overall they're completely watchable and I'm going to finish this movie series.  I think there are 8 of them?
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Re: Harry Potter Books
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2018, 10:50:52 AM »
To get off tangent, I tried reading the first HP book but found it too juvenile for my taste and, based on that, I ignored all the movies too.  But last night, for lack of anything better to do, I watched HPs 1 and 2 and kind of enjoyed them.  Admittedly mostly the parts with Snape (my heart still bleeds over Alan Rickman) but overall they're completely watchable and I'm going to finish this movie series.  I think there are 8 of them?

7 books, 8 movies (I think the last one was split into parts one and two).

When I read them I also thought they were too juvenile but that's because the first ones are. They do get more mature themes as the series advances, as if J.K Rowling was writing primarily for an audience that was growing up along with the young characters. The last ones deal a lot with the topic of death, for instance.

All in all I enjoyed them. I read them out of order though, with the third book being my first because it was given to me as a Christmas gift and I decided to give it a try. If I hadn't liked it so much it would have been difficult to finish books 1 and 2 as I was already around 16 at the time. On the plus side they are extremely easy reading, and can be finished in no time.
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Re: Harry Potter Books
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2018, 11:26:56 AM »
To get off tangent, I tried reading the first HP book but found it too juvenile for my taste and, based on that, I ignored all the movies too.  But last night, for lack of anything better to do, I watched HPs 1 and 2 and kind of enjoyed them.  Admittedly mostly the parts with Snape (my heart still bleeds over Alan Rickman) but overall they're completely watchable and I'm going to finish this movie series.  I think there are 8 of them?

7 books, 8 movies (I think the last one was split into parts one and two).

When I read them I also thought they were too juvenile but that's because the first ones are. They do get more mature themes as the series advances, as if J.K Rowling was writing primarily for an audience that was growing up along with the young characters. The last ones deal a lot with the topic of death, for instance.

All in all I enjoyed them. I read them out of order though, with the third book being my first because it was given to me as a Christmas gift and I decided to give it a try. If I hadn't liked it so much it would have been difficult to finish books 1 and 2 as I was already around 16 at the time. On the plus side they are extremely easy reading, and can be finished in no time.

I also think they are written in excellent English . . . Well, the English editions anyway!

Whilst running the local Oxfam book depot we were donated the then complete series in Russian, twice(?).We were not sure what to do with them until the manager of the Cheltengam branch visited and saw them. And grabbed them immediately. Seems he did a roaring trade selling foreign language books, especially novels, to the spooks at GCHQ. They used them to top up their colloquial language skills. They sold within a couple of days.

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Re: Harry Potter Books
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2018, 05:12:46 AM »
They're a hell of a lot better for children than that other magic book that's so popular.
Mainly because we don't teach them from birth that Harry Potter is real.
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