Books

Harry Potter

Yup. Bought it, read it, in one marathon weekend. I liked it a lot, though I need to go back and review a little of it because I found some of it confusing. A lot of readers prepared for the big release date by re-reading the one or two books before, but I didn’t. So I couldn’t track the ownership of the elder wand (are there wizard probate lawyers?) from Dumbledore to Malfoy to Potter.

I also thought the ending was perfectly right. There are some out there that consider it a copout or something, but by my reckoning they’re Rowling’s characters and she can do with them as she sees fit.

What I find best of the series as a whole is how it grows with the reader, and how the themes become progressively more mature and darker. I can imagine giving an 11-year-old the first book, and then every year following feed them another. Each one takes it a little further, from funny-flavored candies through school politics to menace and even real horror. The final book even raises the specter of genocide.

And of course the “whole world” thing. Building a convincing and complete imaginary universe that makes sense and you can visualize yourself in is no mean trick. The “Ring” books did it, and a few others, but not very often.

I wonder what she has up her sleeve next? In a recent interview she expressed the need to get back to writing. It should be interesting.

Tom

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he’s also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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