16:03

Last night at 03:57 I finished reading Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. I had set up camp in my bed and was prepared to finish the rest of the book in one sitting (I was already just over half way). In those few hours of my life I experienced so many different emotions and feelings through the hands of that book.

WARNING – SPOILERS

Having watched the film previously I knew the storyline, I knew that the death of Dumbledore was hidden within. The build up to this point was executed so well in words. I particularly enjoyed the passage leading up to the murder, especially Draco and Dumbledore’s conversation. Dumbledore’s serenity and calm tones versus Draco’s angst and fear was touching. Reading the death of a well loved character is always difficult to fathom, and I am not ashamed to say I shed tears when it happened. I read the last 100 pages or so with tears in my eyes, welling up when the phoenix finished his song and left Hogwarts, sniffing my way through Hagrid’s emotions at the funeral.

The character development is fantastic, with the relationships and bonds between Harry and his friends, also Dumbledore’s trust of Snape. Tonks and Lupin’s ‘back story’ is novel and refreshing and placed well near the end of the book.

J.K. Rowling writes in a way which attaches you to Harry, Ron and Hermione. She creates this world of magic where you feel included and central to the story. I think this is my favourite Harry Potter instalment so far and eagerly anticipate the next one!

02:02

I recently finished reading the 4th instalment of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The Goblet Of Fire was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The depth of the characters and context of all the events is only found within the book itself, the film is not a patch on the book.

I am a sucker for descriptive passages and the way Rowling described the first scene with Frank Bryce, Nagini, Wormtail and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was spine-chilling. I could picture the dark house and room so clearly, almost able to feel the fire warming my skin. I was transported into Harry’s shoes and could see the events unfolding clearly. The way Rowling writes is emotive and touching, creating a real page-turner! I would definitely recommend the books for all ages.

Looking forward to borrowing the next one from my friend!

22:46

J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

I am currently reading through the Harry Potter series as I never managed to get round to reading them in my teenage years. There’s something about getting into a series of books that is exciting and thrilling. To know that a set of books is loved worldwide by people of all ages is a recommendation in itself.

At present I am close to finishing the first of the series and I am really enjoying the read. There are times in which I wish I had read the books before watching the films so I could imagine the intricately described scenes myself, but there is always room to imagine.