Sunday, May 04, 2008
Harry Potter Addictions
I have a confession. It won't be news to my family, but to those who don't know me well, it might come as a bit of a shock. I am a die hard Harry Potter fan. I have all of the books, all of the movies, some of the cassette tapes, and some of the soundtrack CDs. I have read the books numerous times. I haven't read them in a few years, but I'm starting to have that Harry Potter urge again.
I first heard about the books from a radio interview. It sparked my interest, so I bought the first book to read to my children on a road trip. They balked and felt they were too old to be read to, but I persisted saying I would just read out loud for the youngest who couldn't read yet. By the time my voice gave out, all of the kids were hooked and begged me to keep reading. I told them my voice was too tired, so they asked me to drive and let my husband read to them. We all were hooked.
By the time we read the first book, the second was already close to publication, so we were able to go right in to the next book. From then on, we waited anxiously for each successive book to be published. Our neighbors invited my children to go with them to the midnight sales of the next book. When the movies came out, we went to the midnight showings because we couldn't wait to see them. If there was any disappointment in the movies, it was that they couldn't include everything from the book. Everything else about the movies was wonderful.
All of us read the books several times. The first book I bought was paper back, but it quickly wore out, so I began to buy the hard back books. Those too are showing wear after having been read several times by each family member. If you haven't read the books, I suggest you try reading out loud to someone. And try using different voices...seriously. :)
I also bought most of the books on cassette tape so that when I travel long distances I have something to occupy my time and help keep me awake. Those tapes have been life savers, and Jim Dale gives a masterful performance with his amazing variety of voices.
Once when I was in the grocery store, I overheard the checker talking with someone about Harry Potter. I spoke up and said that I was planning to go to the midnight movie. The checker informed me that the books were "of the devil". I told her that those who haven't read them have a misunderstanding about what they are about. I told her that some people think they are about devil worship or something, but they are just magic, similar to watching "Bewitched" on television. Her reply was, "Exactly!". This reminds me of a saying I used to tell my students when I was teaching at the missionary training center. I always taught them, "Ignorance leads to predjudice". If we aren't knowledgeable about a thing, we will develop predjudice towards it. It's sad that her preconceived notions will keep her from enjoying what I view to be some of the greatest children's books of all time.
Okay...where did I put that first book?