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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Finished reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last night.

While the first five books are essentially school stories, which also stand well on their own as individual books, HBP makes a departure from this. HBP takes a leap from these – it is set in Hogwarts, but it is not a school story. It presupposes that you have read the other five (not that it should be otherwise!), and heavily depends on knowledge from them.

Another major departure from the earlier books is the unabashed importance given to the storyline and advancement of the plot. Detail is given the go-bye, and action is the key. By doing all this, JKR has set up a mega finale to happen in the seventh and final book. Rather like Kill Bill, HBP is the first in the series that has no resolution – only a lead in to the next book – and like the two Kill Bill films, books six and seven are part of a set – a set that is incomplete with just one of them. So begins another long wait till the next one comes along! read more

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Getting Potter

I am not too much of a text messager, much less a fan of really short telegraphic ones. Yet, I sent out a two-word confirmation that I had “Got Potter!” at 9:47 a.m. on Saturday to my Potter-crazy friends!

The day was packed with other non-Potter activities, and by the end of Saturday, I had managed to read only about twenty pages. So Sunday was the day – all else was suspended while I read.

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Run up to HBP

Started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone last night.

Finished four chapters by today, which puts me on course for the chapter-a-day routine. Here are the chapters I’ve finished, along with the days they were read on (okay, supposed to be read on!).

Day 1 Friday, 4th March 2005 The Boy Who Lived
Day 2 Saturday, 5th March 2005 The Vanishing Glass
Day 3 Sunday, 6th March 2005 Letters from No One
Day 4 Monday, 7th March 2005 The Keeper of the Keys

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Reading Harry Potter

I am trying to follow Sheetal’s Plan A – a chapter a day ought to do nicely!

Fabmall’s come out with a slew of offers for those who pre-order HBP. Damn thing’s priced at 995, and the offer price is 796. Still a rip-off if you ask me. However, one since I cannot wait a moment longer than is necessary, I will have to pay the price. I’m not pre-ordering now though – shall wait till others bring out better offers, as I’m sure they will.

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