Monday, February 22, 2010

I think Darth Vader has finally been defeated

Anna has been tearing through the Harry Potter series, and she and Colin watched the first movie.  I had to started re-reading them myself, since Anna would ask me questions about so many details.   I read them all when they were first published, and for some books that was 10+ years ago!  I must say I am enjoying them nearly as much as the first time through, and although I am also enjoying the Twilight series, it doesn't hold a candle to Harry Potter.

***SPOILER ALERT***
After Anna finished the 2nd book, her school friend (the one who always causes problems; thank goodness they aren't in the same classroom this year) actually told Anna how the series ends.  "H. told me that Harry Potter marries Ginny Wesley."  I guess she didn't notice my furrowed brow, because she continued, "So I looked at the end of the last book, and their kids are named James, Lily, and Albus Severus."  That is when my jaw hit the floor.

I was so shocked and hurt by this TREASONOUS act, started by H. but compounded by Anna, I hardly had to say anything to Anna because she knew how upset I was.  Anthony, not a reader himself, did not understand what the fuss was about.  I had to wait years to find out what happened, and until the end I wasn't sure if Harry would live or not.  The ending of the big finale did not disappoint, but now Anna would not have that experience of reading and experiencing the wonderful ending...

Anyway, that was over a month ago, and I'm over it now.  I even let Colin watch the first movie without reading the book first.  I am amazed at how he knows so much Hogwarts lore, and not just from the movie -- Anna talks about it all the time.

She is finishing book 5 and I just finished 4 (both 700+ pages).  And both kids are wanting a Harry Potter birthday party.  Better than the previous idea of a second Star Wars party each...

8 comments:

Lisa said...

I remember reading the endings of books when I was a kid. Most of the time, it didn't spoil the adventure for me, but instead made me want to keep reading to find out how how they all got to the end.

Spoilers are heinous, for sure.

My favorite part of book seven was seeing how far Neville had come. Yea, Neville!

Emily said...

Oops. I know you put "spoiler alert" but I read it anyway. I've read all the books except for the last one...

I'm glad she's enjoying the books so much. I can't wait to see what kinds of games you come up with for their birthday parties!

Laura said...

Love the Harry Potter series!

As for reading the ending first... I actually know people who do that as a rule. For me, it ruins the fun!

EdamameMommy said...

I can't really read this entry because i am the last person on the continent who is clueless about Hogwarts and plans to stay that way until my little readers are ready. :)

Catwoman Anna said...

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOMMY!!! I'M ON THE 5 BOOK AND YOU FINSHED #4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vetmommy said...

Steph - then I guess it was for you that I put in the spoiler alert! You guys are gonna love them when you are ready.

Anna - sorry, lovey, I corrected my blog.

Krispy said...

There are those readers who peek and those who don't. Now Anna can decide which one she wants to be.
(although disappointing surely for the non-peeking mamas out there, like me...)

Sinda said...

H&H have a friend like that, who has read ALL of the books and seen ALL of the movies multiple times (our kids can't see past the 3rd). It used to drive me crazy when the girls would ask me questions which revealed that their friend had told them plot points, but then I realized that they - H&H - really LIKED to hear them/know them. So, fine.

Hazel just read the last chapter of the last book for that very reason, to confirm for herself what HP's childrens' names were.

I love those books, and they stand up to re-reading, especially all of the little intricacies JKR puts in. I re-read book 7 a few weeks ago myself...