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It has been raining here in Dhaka since yesterday night. We caught rain yesterday in the daylight, too. But today, rain doesn’t stop. Looks like a perfect day to sit beside window and read books, right? And if the book is Harry Potter, you should be totally lost in it.

However, I never had the opportunity to touch a Harry Potter book up until now; and trust me, I don’t think I will ever touch one. That doesn’t make me a hater of magical fairytale (is that what Harry Potter is? I suppose so). I watched the first three installment of Harry Potter and I really liked them. From the fourth, well, I really lost my interest in it. I don’t know why, perhaps because I never really read the books on which these movies are based.

This morning, when I entered WordPress.com to log in to reply to the comments received in the previous post, a particular post in the Freshly Pressed caught my attention. It’s titled “The Final Harry Potter = The Death of my Childhood“. I read the post, and I totally understand the point of view that blogger has written the post from.

If you are a Bangladeshi, you should have heard the name of Tin Goyenda. It’s one of the most favorite series among teenage readers here in Bangladesh. These book contains mainly mysteries – solved by three teen passionate detectives. A huge number of Bangladeshis will say that they have spent a significant amount of time reading these mystery stories in their childhood. Now, if someone starts making screen-version of these stories, we will be highly amazed and curious to watch these movies. Plus when the last movie of the series will release, we will be sad because there will be no more.

That’s exactly what Harry Potter fans are feeling right now. In my opinion, this feeling has a meaning. Sympathy to Harry Potter fans, therefore. I can understand how bad it feels to lose something that you were a die-hard fan of during your childhood.

Lastly, a question to everybody reading this post: With Harry Potter coming to an end, do you feel sad because you used to read books and there will be no more Harry Potter? Did you like the movies more than the books or vice-versa?

Since I haven’t read the Harry Potter books ever, I have no answers. If you ever did read a single copy of Harry Potter series, take a moment to answer me.

18 thoughts

  1. First of all, it’s not “magical fairytale”; the genre is called “fantasy”.

    Secondly, I think the books are far much better than the movies… in all cases, not only when it comes to HP. Some screen versions are good, like HP, and some are horrible, like “The Da Vinci Code”. But the books are always best ^_^.

    I was sad reading the final book, but that was a long time ago. I don’t think I’ll be as sad watching the final movie, but I can’t say until I’ve seen it.

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    1. I was confused about the genre when I was writing, thus the bracket. πŸ˜‰

      I’m actually still searching for someone or some movie that are best in screen adaption.

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      1. It’s highly unlikely that there is such a movie, ’cause you can’t get everything inside a book on screen. So there are always gonna be events in the book you wished they’d put on screen, that’s the biggest reason to why the books are always better.

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        1. That’s true. So that’s why the books are always better. Sympathy for filmmakers. πŸ˜› Although Harry Potter seems to be a big hit, even those who never even knew that Harry Potter book existed now love the franchise.

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          1. Yeah of course… the movies can turn out to be great, no doubt about that, even for those who haven’t read the books (maybe especially for those who haven’t read the books). But in comparison the books are always the winners ^_^.

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  2. Me? I’m feeling really sad that I don’t have HP film to look forward anymore. Yeah! It really is the death of my childhood. I grew up with HARRY, RON and HERMiONE. Since then I learned to love them and keep them in my heart. Well, every beginning has an end, so I guess, that’s just it. End! All I could say is “thank you to the real wizard behind Harry Potter, Ma’am J.K. ROWLiNG, for giving me a childhood that was full of magic. Harry and friends would forever stay in my heart.

    ANd, You should have read the books, Sajib! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Maybe someday I would (when I was writing this post, I had no intention of reading it. But after a little conversation with Rinth apu on her blog, I feel like changing my decision). But I will take Harry Potter after I’m quite good with reading English stories.

      For me, like thousands of other teenagers, I grew up with Kishor, Musa, Robin and several other kids, police captains, constables and so on from the book Tin Goyenda. Since there is something like Harry Potter (the genre is different, though) in my life, I do understand how you all feel about Harry Potter.

      It’s really a big, big success for a writer to have her characters pinned to lots of people’s childhood. You really should thank her, like you already did.

      Thanks for stopping by, by the way.

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    1. I’m not probably going to see it. Because if I want to see it, I have to start from the fourth installment of the series. Otherwise I won’t quite get the story you know.

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  3. I read the Harry Potter series and saw the movies. I liked them as entertainment but do not have the fascination and obsession with them that many people do. The books are actually a little tedious to read and are not that well-written. If you like fantasy novels, you might like the books, but you’ve got quite a bit of reading ahead of you if you want to read them all. If you saw the movies, you’ve learned enough of the plot to pick up where you left off. There are many tedious details in the books that are not included in the movies.

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    1. Exactly. That’s why I’m not taking Harry Potter anytime soon. And I support not being too much obsessed with the story like a lot of people out there are. But what you said is somewhat different. I haven’t heard anyone saying that Harry Potter isn’t that well-written. Maybe it differs from person to person.

      Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚ I appreciate your time.

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      1. Well, I’m pretty particular about what I read. Many so called “popular” books are not that well written, and many readers do not know what good writing is, or do not care enough about the quality of the writing to know what is well-written. The author, JK Rowling, spins a fantastic tale, but it is detail-heavy. The text is often lugubrious, with too much detail, and too much time spent with the characters engaged in tedious detail that adds little to the plot, especially in the later novels. If you read them and appreciate good writing, you may see what I mean. Despite that, I did enjoy the stories, but in general prefer writers who have more substance. For instance, contrast the writings of Rowling with Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and you’ll see what I mean about quality writing. Both tell a story, but Lee makes you feel as if you’re there.

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  4. Thank you very much for the name. Now I have a book in my reading list. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely read To Kill a Mockingbird. The title sounds interesting.

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  5. You are right my friend, I guess when a book becomes a movie they just never know where to draw the line and as a result we are faced with many very similar films, as you mention in your post, the first three were entertaining and indeed an impressive spectacle but it is definitely boring viewing after that… lol A very good posting highlighting the good and the bad of movie entertainment fields.

    Have a very nice rest of day now…

    Androgoth

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