Harry Potter --- The Living Legend
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 5:10:31 PM
A good book, indeed. I was eleven years old then, reading so slowly and trying so hard to understand all those complicated words, spells, and magic stuff. In the end, when I'd finished the book, I felt as if it was my greatest accomplishment. It was the best book I'd ever read. The story was so extraordinary, so magical. Everything that cannot happen in the real world happened in the book, fulfilling our thirst for curiousity. The characters were all so distinguished and rich of emotions. The plot, the setting, the theme and story, everything was perfectly arranged, as if the store itself is a real life story of someone else's. It's really fantastic!
Then, a few years later came the fifth book, followed by the sixth, and lastly, the seventh. This book had bewitched the world, I would say. People all over the world, ranging from children of ages 8-10 up to middle-aged adults were all crazy about this book. Everytime a new volume was published, it was immediately sold out. Must have been the greatest success for J.K.Rowling, now being the wealthiest authors in the world.
Now the last book - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,is finally out. What would be in store for us readers? I keep wondering...I know it would sound funny, but I'd just recently finished the fifth book, and is currently on my way to finishing the sixth. Although I was one of those early birds who got the books first-hand when it was released, they just stayed in my book shelf. I always thought I didn't had the time to read, but part of me thinks its because I want to save the best for the last and finish off the last three books together.
You must have wondered whether I had or had not gotten my copy of the seventh book...well the answer is no, I haven't. I thought of buying, when I went to the bookstore several times. However, I was thinking of collecting these books, so I was actually looking for the British edition. Unfortunately, all we had here is the American edition. I'd have to wait till I go to China and get buy there, or order online. Either way, I'm not in a hurry
My Introduction to Global Society professor, age 27, had been so addicted to this book that she pre-ordered it and was able to finish it in just two days. I was surprised that someone her age would actually be interested with this book, when there were so many teens out there who wouldn't even glance at it. My professor, she was the biggest spoiler She actually took the time to list down all the characters who died in the last books and dictate it out loud in class, just to make my classmates shout out loud telling her to stop. You know, there are people who wouldnt want to hear about any spoilers until they'd watched or read something by themselves. As I've heard, the ending was quite a pleasant one, although a considerable number of good characters were killed.
I think Harry Potter will not be just an ordinary book, but a book that the reader would be willing to read it again and again, with each time gaining more and more knowledge, and understanding the story more clearly. It would also be a book that would live and be passed from generation to generation...something like the classics. The fact that it has affected each and everyone of us would be enough to make it history. Perhaps some people would think its rubbish, but no, its not. There are so many things you can learn I encourage everyone to take a sneak peak to the book, and I guarantee you'd be immediately bewtiched, like all of us were Happy reading!