Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling (Book 7)

I know many fans find Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows disappointing. In one sense, I understand the feeling. The book differs drastically from its predecessors in both structure and tone. This is not simply “year seven” at boarding school. Harry, Ron, and Hermione … Continue reading

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“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling (Book 6)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince should have been called Harry Potter and You-Know-Who because the primary plot gives Harry – and the readers – a glimpse into Voldemort’s backstory. Dumbledore schedules private lessons in which he uses the Pensieve to show Harry memories from key moments … Continue reading

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“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling (Book 5)

In some ways, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix marks the true beginning of Harry’s maturation as a character and as a person. As I noted in my review of Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore misrepresented the nature of Harry’s character arc by focusing … Continue reading

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BBC “Earthsea” radio dramatization!

BBC has released a radio dramatization of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea. A Wizard of Earthsea is one of my favorite novels and I hope to reread and review it later this year. You can listen to the whole thing … Continue reading

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“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling (Book 4)

I’ve always liked the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, if largely for the sheer spectacle of the Triwizard Tournament. Unlike its predecessors, the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is very different from the … Continue reading

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“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling (Book 3)

In my review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I suggested that the structure of the Harry Potter series mirrors the process of children maturing into adulthood. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban continues the process by introducing layers of complexity and shades of grey. The book … Continue reading

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