Thoughts on listening to Harry Potter for the first time:
Jim Dale, will you please narrate my life?
This summer/fall, I listened to the entire Harry Potter series. It was kind of amazing.
I have read this series multiple times. I always enjoy it, but listening to the books made the series even more magical. It was so much fun taking this journey with Jim Dale. He provides wonderful voices and really illustrates some of the character traits I miss when I read it myself and adds traits that are just perfect. (Hermione’s “Harryyyyy” and Draco’s drawl for instance). At times it was like reading the series for the first time.
If you’ve never listened to the series, give it a try. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
Random thoughts on the series (kind of spoilery):
- My favorite line in the whole series. Half-Blood Prince. Harry and Dumbledore leaving the cave. Dumbledore: “I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.”
- The first time I read Deathly Hallows, I wasn’t terribly impressed. But the more I read it, the more I like it. And I’ve grown to love just how beautiful the story is at the end. From the time Harry dives into Snape’s memories, into the forest, and through King’s Cross. That is really just some good story telling.
- But ugh, the epilogue. Can we please still pretend it doesn’t exist?
- You can’t always think that hard about Harry Potter. Sure, it seems illogical that someone had to put Harry through the TriWizard Tournament just to get him to the graveyard. But what would Goblet of Fire be without it?
- Dobby. Tear.
- The angst in some of the middle books seems to get worse over time.
- I love Harry Potter.