So, last weekend, I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And it was good. I’ve enjoyed all the Harry Potter movies in fact. Love the cast of characters, love the production design, love the imaginative stories. Right up my alley. So up my alley in fact that when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone first came out in book form, long ago before Harry madness or any of the films, my college roommate (who has similar tastes in reading material and has an uncanny knack for finding the next best thing in literature before everyone else does) strongly suggested I check it out.
As usual, I did not heed her advice. I meant to. I really did. But then I got distracted and gradually forgot about Harry Potter until it became a seemingly overnight sensation. And then it was too late. I despise following the crowd (especially when I was given advance notice), so I still didn’t read them despite the rave reviews. Then the first movie came out. And I didn’t see it. Until it came out on DVD. Since then, I’ve seen each consecutive film and love each one. But I still haven’t read any of the books.
I don’t know this for a fact, but I may be the only person on the planet to have seen all the Harry Potter movies and read none of the books. Which is completely out of character for me. I’m the one who usually insists upon reading the book before I will go see the movie. So, my mission is to read the entire Harry Potter series before the next movie comes out.
Now that I’m not studying, moving, or getting married, and my book club has sort of gone on summer hiatus, I’ve got a bit of time on my hands (ignoring the dusty, still somewhat unpacked house) for leisure activities. I’m not exactly sure when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is expected to be released in theaters, but all sources say sometime in 2010, so I’ve got some time.
I’m assuming the books give a lot more detailed information and are generally better than the movies…? Anybody have an opinion on that?