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Re-reading Harry Potter: 3# The Prisoner of Azkaban

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Happy Halloween! (I should probably be doing a suitably themed post right now, but I suppose Harry Potter fits into that category anyway.)  Last night I finished the third instalment in the series, as part of my big re-read before I go and see The Cursed Child. I had mixed feelings. The Prisoner of Azkaban has long been one of my favourites, and this time I appreciated anew just how much more complex and sophisticated both the story and the characters become at this point. This is definitely a good thing for the series, but at times I missed the lighter, more whimsical style of the first two books. This one is definitely darker - and you'd have to be a genius to guess the twist!

New thoughts this time:

Just how different in tone this book is to one and two. I always think of Goblet of Fire as the turning point, but really it's book three. Harry, Ron and Hermione are suddenly teenagers. They have to deal with a lot more on their own, with issues that aren't so black and whi…

Re-reading Harry Potter: 2# The Chamber of Secrets

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  In my quest to re-read all the Harry Potter books before I go and see Cursed Child (see Re-reading Harry Potter #1) I just finished The Chamber of Secrets. When I was a kid it was many people's favourite, although nowadays the reverse seems to be the case and it doesn't have as many fans as the other books. Maybe it's first sequel syndrome? Chamber of Secrets has never been a particular favourite of mine, but I was very much looking forward to the re-read. The early books are so nostalgic!

New Thoughts this time:

Firstly, this book felt very short. Is it shorter than the first one? It's very fast paced and we get away from the Dursley's and into the Wizarding World much quicker, which I like. I also always think of COS as quite a dark instalment, what with Ginny getting possessed, people getting attacked all over the place, and the mysterious disembodied voice whispering 'rip, tear, kill' (it definitely spooked me as a child.) The heir of Slytherin'…

Re-reading Harry Potter: 1# The Philosopher's Stone

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If you've read my blog before, you might know that I'm going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the end of November. I'm really excited (and also a bit apprehensive) but it still feels like a way off, so I thought to keep in the right mind-set  I'd build up to the big day by re-reading the books from the very beginning. I just finished The Philosopher's Stone (or 'Sorcerer's' in some parts of the world) so I might not get around to reading all of them - but I'm going to try!

My first experience of Harry Potter was in junior school. My cousin is a high school teacher and had heard about this great new children's book through her kids, read it herself and heartily recommended it to my mum, who then read it aloud to me and my sisters. It's weird to remember a time when 'every child in our world' didn't know Harry's name and couldn't even pronounce Hermione's (I can still remember a strained conversation with a…

Pride and Prejudice (the play!!)

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This week I went into Salford with a friend to catch Pride and Prejudice at the Lowry. I'm a big fan of the book and I must have seen most of the adaptations out there, but I'd never seen a play and I was intrigued. With a new script adapted by Simon Reade and starring Matthew Kelly (who I mainly know as the Stars in Yours Eyes presenter) and Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones, Alan Partridge) as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet I thought it was worth a look. And I was right - it was a lot of fun.

I don't go to the theatre that often and when I do it's usually to see a musical, so watching a play was a bit of a novelty in itself - but I thought the story was adapted really well. With a 2hr 30 minute run time (including a 20 minute interval) some scenes naturally had to be missed out or compressed (Wickham wasn't in it much and Darcy proposed on the way into dinner at Rosings, which was a bit odd) but overall I thought it was cleverly done. I liked that the script stuck so close …

WWW Wednesday: Magicians, Kings and Singletons

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Happy Wednesday people. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words (a similar one is 'This week in Books' at Lipsyy Lost and Found.) To join in answer the three 'W' questions below and leave your link. I'm bending the rules a bit this week as I'm not reading anything just now (shock horror!) and including two books I've recently finished instead.

What did you just finish reading? What are you currently reading? What will you read next? I recently finished...The Prestige by Christopher Priest. I love the film and was surprised to discover it was based on a book - but I can sort of see why the book isn't particularly well known. It was a bit dull. The film definitely improved on it, while sticking pretty close to the story. Read my book vs film review here. I only just finished...The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman, which was really great. To give you an idea of how much I liked this book, The Prestige was a quarter of it&#…