In the spirit of Halloween, let’s discuss my favorite Young Adult books with a magical twist, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
Even though the books are titled Harry Potter, there is so much more to these stories. Harry serves as the gateway connection to bond with a whole community of fascinating characters. Readers around the world would love to celebrate the holidays with the Weasley’s family. Or enjoy some butterbeer while watching a Quidditch match with Ron and Hermione. Or to be enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and sit in the front row of Professor McGonagall’s class. Or just to own an owl.
JK Rowling’s Potterverse is so complex that 7 books wasn’t enough for fans. Sometimes I feel so eager for new Potter breadcrumbs that I think that if JK came out with the Hogwarts’ Landscaping Manual for Dummies, I would be first in line to buy it…in the hardback edition. Luckily, JK has come up with a better plan with the upcoming movie trilogy based on her Harry Potter companion novel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. When the first movie is released in November 2016, brace yourself for muggles to go mad with excitement.
Harry Potter has been part of our lives for almost 20 years, since the 1st book’s publication in 1997 and then millions more joined the fun in 2001 when the movies became blockbuster hits. The books have sold over 450 million books. Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will forever be associated with Potter, Granger and Weasley. It’s hard to distinguish the movies and books as different entities since they are both part of our cultural lexicon.
So which version did I enjoy best? Like 44% of last month’s pollsters, I love BOTH.
And after I’m done watching the movies and reading the books, I listen to Jim Dale’s audiobooks. To take a break, I listen to the movie soundtracks. Also, the internet can connect you with other fans and even JK Rowling has a twitter account. There are so many ways to enjoy being a Harry Potter fan. In fact, I created the following list of things I would do if I had the money, time, and resources.
Gina Fluharty (ginafluharty.com) had a
blast at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal
Jessie’s Top 5 Harry Potter Wish List
5) Spend a week at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Orlando)
4) Go on a Harry Potter Movie Location Tour. My first stop would be the 9 3/4 platform at King's Cross Station (England)
3) Enjoy a true cup of Hot Butterbeer
2) Watch a real-life Quidditch match
1) Enjoy a winter dinner in the Great Hall at Hogwarts (Warner Bros Studio Tour London). Link
Since I have yet to accomplish these things, I asked my friends who are also Harry Potter fans to share their photo experiences with us.
Fellow NOR Columnist C Morgan Kennedy
at the 9 3/4 platform at King's Cross Station (England)
Next month I want to try something new by selecting a book/movie that I have not read/watched yet. I am selecting A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I’m very curious to see this month’s poll votes. What version do you like best?
The movie – Jim Carry was the perfect Count Olaf
The books – I have read all 13 novels
Both – And I’m still hoping for a movie sequel
Neither – I don’t read orphan stories
Columnist: Jessie lives in Oregon and writes to avoid the rain. She only feels compelled to kill her characters when she starts a new diet and if she hates the ending of a TV episode she’ll rewrite it to give everyone a happily ever after. Currently Jessie is an unpublished author but she works tirelessly to removed two letters – un – from that word.
Column book and movie tape drawn by Evangeline Owen