I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last of the Harry Potter series, yesterday afternoon and on Friday, I took out the series in movies from the first to the sixth one. Yesterday I also put The Deathly Hallows, Part I in my wife’s Netflix queue (with her permission, of course) as I continue to prepare for the last part of the series coming to theaters this July. After finishing reading the last one, I really now can’t believe that it took me this long to read the series. I have no idea why I held out for so long.
So first, what did I think of the series? While I liked it, it didn’t supplant my favorite series of all-time, The Lord of the Rings. That said, the Harry Potter series absolutely belongs in the same class as LOTR, because Rowling’s series truly was an instant classic and is a classic for the ages. I’m still withholding my judgment on the movie series until I’ve seen all of the movies, but it would take a lot to knock out LOTR, the movie series, as my favorite movie series of all time, with Star Wars close behind if only knocked down a few pegs because of the later movies.
My favorite book of the series? I really enjoyed The Goblet of Fire, just as my wife did, but I think my favorite was The Half-Blood Prince when the battle lines really became drawn, especially with Snape turning to the Dark Lord. I also thought The Order of the Phoenix was very good too, but the first, second, third and last one didn’t hold my attention like those middle to last three.
What’s next? I think today I’ll try reading The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. I’ll admit I was intrigued by the description of the main character as similar to Lisbeth Salander of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larrson. I took it out on e-book from the library.
I also took out from the library another e-book, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, the first part of yet another series The Kingkiller Chronicles. I hope to get to that this week sometime. If I don’t, I always can return to it another time.
I’m also becoming addicted to yet another series, the Temperance Brennan/Bones series, by Kathy Reichs. This past week before finishing the Harry Potter series, I read Death du Jour, the second of the Bones series, and now have checked out Deadly Decisions, the third in that series.
As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, on Friday, while shelving books at the library, I came across yet another (!!!!) series. This one is called the Inspector Cho series by James Church, with the first one titled A Corpse in the Koryo. It is about a North Korean detective and is written by a former Western intelligence officer using the pseudonym of James Church. I’ll probably read that one later this week, maybe before starting the Rothfuss book — if I get to that.
So what are you reading today and this week? If you read the Harry Potter series, which was your favorite book? If you watched the Harry Potter series, which was your favorite movie thus far?