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A book series by J. K. Rowling

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A Bit Disappointed

  • Jun 23, 2010
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I first got into the Harry Potter books when I was in college, and would read them aloud to my roomie so we could both enjoy them at the same time. They were great fun, sweet and funny and full of nostalgia for me, back then.

I loved the first book, it was the introduction to this amazing new world that used bits and pieces of all kinds of myths and legends and made them into something that was incredibly enjoyable. I knew I'd be reading this book to my children someday.

The second book seemed a little weaker than the first, but it was still definitely amazing and enjoyable and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The characters were as beautifully developed and loveable as their world.

The third book is my favorite in the series. It was just a bit deeper than the first two, a bit darker, but also with this beautiful feeling of family and a happy ending. Yes, I was certain these were books that I'd definitely be reading to my children someday.

The fourth book was also a strong book, a bit longer, a bit more complicated and a bit more high stakes than the first three, with a tragic ending, but still something that I had enjoyed and planned on sharing with my children someday.

The fifth book when it came was much darker than I had expected there were things in it that shook me a bit for something I thought had been intended as a children's series.

The sixth book finished my decision that I wouldn't be able to share this series with my children as soon as I might have liked. The tone had changed it was darker and sadder and didn't seem like the same series it had begun.

These feelings were only confirmed by the seventh book and by the end, though the plot was still intriguing and I still loved the characters I still couldn't help but feel disappointed and betrayed.

In a way, I still love this series and I reread it and enjoy it, but I am saddened and disappointed that it did not remain the children's series that it started. In a way I wondered if the author had fallen out of love with what she had created, because the last books struck me with that sort of disillusionment. As a young adult series this works well, I think, though it is not the best one ever written, but I still can't help but be saddened for the loss of the children's series it began as.
 

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June 28, 2010
It's interesting to read a negative review. I can understand what you mean about it not really remaining a children's series. I think the idea is simply that the books and their readers as well grow up with Harry and the others.
 
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Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quandary involving the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents in his quest to conquer the wizarding world and subjugate non-magical people (Muggles).

Since the June 30, 1997 release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, (retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide.[1] The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern for the increasingly dark tone. As of June 2008, the book series has sold more than 400 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages,[2][3] and the last four books have consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.

A series of many genres, including fantasy and coming of age, it has many cultural meanings and references.[4][5][6][7] According to Rowling, the main theme is death,[8], although it is primarily considered to be a work of children's literature. There are also many other themes in the series, such as love and prejudice.[9]

English-language versions of the books are published by Bloomsbury in the United ...

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Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, Children's Literature
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Novels

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