Sunday, November 21, 2010

#44



So again we have an unwitting unsuspected cast member taken over and manipulated by Voldemort, and again Harry and crew unravel the mystery just in time, and again there's a magical battle in an isolated place. I found this installment a bit dis-satisfying because it felt like the first volume warmed over, but I did enjoy the Elf's scenes of self-abuse (that sounds wrong).

I suspect this volume served to allow some space for Harry to start thinking about his role and his destiny in a way which allows him to make more important and interesting discoveries about his nature later on, but that remains to be seen.

At the pace I read these in French it's doubtful I'll finish The Prisoner of Azkaban before the end of the year. But I've heard tell it's the best book in the series.

2 comments:

earth dragon said...

They are all good, for the age group for which they are intended; however, they are all also all the same.

Book 3, the Prisoner, is great (as is the movie version). After that, the rest of the books get progressively darker and sadder, with the Deathly Hallows being the saddest of the bunch.

They must have a completely different feel in French.

Nyarlathotep said...

I may stop after 3 for a while--or at least switch from French to Anglais to speed up the process!