Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Harry Potter

Title – Harry Potter – The Complete Collection (7 Books)
Author – J.K. Rowling
Genre – Fantasy

Well, this is not so much a review as a documentation of the fact that I have FINALLY gotten around to reading this much acclaimed set of books. I don't think anybody would need a introduction to the series.

I remember being a HP fanatic several years ago when the first few books came out. I read the first book as soon as it came out, loved it, couldn’t wait for the second book. When the second book came out, I re-read the first book (to get in to the HP mood all over again) and then read the second book. By the time the third book came out, I was beginning to lose interest in the series (more because of the wait involved between books than because of the actual content of the books). I wouldn’t have read the book if a dear friend had not convinced me to read it before dragging me to the theatre to watch the movie! And the rest of the books, I just didn’t read them! The world around raved and ranted about the books. Even those that weren’t too much in to books seemed to have read HP (or at least claimed to have done so!). I knew I’d eventually read them all. I wanted to wait until all the books in the series came out so I could read them all at once and not have to wait for a year or more to figure out what was going to happen next.

And finally, more than a decade after the first book came out, I accomplished what I wanted to. My husband gifted me the complete Harry Potter boxed set on my birthday last year ..:) And what better way to begin the New Years than this?? I started reading the books and just couldn’t put them down. I’d finish one book and pick the next one and continued reading it like one big giant HP book. Having a 9 month old to take care of, didn’t allow me to indulge in ways that I would have done earlier. My reading times were restricted to when I was either commuting or the precious minutes that I managed to sneak in before I slipped in to an unconscious state that only sleep deprived ones can achieve.. But I have no regrets. Reading the 7 books at a stretch (all 4,100 pages of it) was a very memorable experience.

What are your thoughts on the series?


bermudaonion said...

I read each book as they came out and loved them all. What a treat to read them all in a row!

Trish said...

So glad you enjoyed them Ramya! I read the first several pretty close together because they were already published but then had to wait for the new arrivals. One day I'd like to go back and re-read them all.

violetcrush said...

I still haven't read a single book in this series although I've seen all the movies. I do own the first 2 books and I'm planning to collect all, I'm in no rush though. It must have been fun to experience the world of Harry Potter for such a long time.

Nimmy said...

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy!!! :) Its a greeatt thing to be reading all 4100 pages together! :)
and yeaayyy to the movie - PoA in Satyam on the sunny zip! :D niceee days those were!
and welcomeee back to the blog world! keep posting more! :)

Ramya said...

@bermudaonion - it was amazing to read them together.. you should try it sometime.

@trish - you should!:) highly recommended!

@violet - you HAVE to read the books.. totally recommeded!

@nimmy - sigh! the good old chennai days.. don't think i would have ever read/watched PoA if not for you..:) let's do a HP movie marathon sometime, what say?

Bhairavi said...

Hi, Ramya, initially I wasn't interested in harry potter, soon I fell prey.Once I picked the first part couldn't put it down till I finished book 5.Then I had to wait for 2 years to get hold of 6& 7 and finish the whole series. But nothing can beat the thrill reading 1 thru 7. I have read them twice already, planning to begin my 3rd round.