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Impressed by Harry Potter

Published March 9, 2004 in BOOK REVIEW
By Ryan Parsons |

The Oscars have confirmed to the enjoyment of movie goers and readers alike that 'LOTR' is a great story and movie; especially those of us who make fun of the 'Potter' fans. However, since I have finished reading, and watching, the 'LOTR' trilogy I had to decide on a new book. The first book offered to me had caused a great deal of dilemma, as it was in fact Harry Potter.

Seeing the first two films of the novel series I decided if I was going to read the 'Potter' series that I should jump ahead and start with the third novel titled Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban. So, what did I think?

Well, within the next couple months I had completed the whole series. So, yes, the books are very good and very addicting. Each one starts very slow (readers count down the pages until Harry gets to school) except for the latest book Order of the Pheonix. However, when each book finds its pace it is able to entangle the reader in a story that involves mystery, magic, comedy, drama, family, and very thought out characters. Rowling has an ability to create characters that are so complete that readers grow to 'love' each one as they watch them grow and change from book to book.

In the end these books are excellent and are very addicting. However, don't take it from me. I am sure you have already heard from others such as friends or press on what a great series it is and they are not kidding. No matter how much I like the 'LOTR' trilogy, it is hard to deny the brilliance behind the 'Potter' novels.

Here is another review taken from Kirkus Reviews:
The Harry Potter epic (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) continues to gather speed as Harry enters his third year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and does battle with the traitor behind his parents' deaths. Besides coping with the usual adversaries - sneering classmate Draco Malfoy, evocatively-named Potions Master Snape - the young wizard-in-training has a new worry with the escape of Sirius Black, murderous minion of archenemy Lord Voldemort, from the magicians' prison of Azkaban. Folding in subplots and vividly conceived magical creatures, Azkaban's guards, known as dementors, are the very last brutes readers would want to meet in a dark alley. With characteristic abandon, Rowling creates a busy backdrop for Harry as she pushes him through a series of terrifying encounters and hard-fought games of Quidditch, on the way to a properly pulse-pounding climax strewn with mistaken identities and revelations about his dead father. The main characters and the continuing story both come along so smartly (and Harry at last shows a glimmer of interest in the opposite sex, a sure sign that the tides of adolescence are lapping at his toes) that the book seems shorter than its page count: have readers clear their calendars if they are fans, or get out of the way if they are not. (Fiction. 10-13) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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