Friday, August 15, 2008

All Harry, All the Time

Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out last summer, I've read and re-read it 3 or 4 times. Of course, you can't just read #7 if you want to do it right. You also have to read #6; for good measure I've re-read #5 once or twice too.

But it's not just me in our family with the illness Pottermania - this time last year, Luke and I had finished #4 and had started #5. And, Ben was on #3, trying to catch up to Luke so that he could read this incredible series to him, instead of it always having to be me.

Our family obsession got so bad that, at one point, when I visited the house of acquaintances and saw that they own two copies of each book, I briefly considered doing the same thing at our house! It seemed so sensible...

I've just finished #'s 6 and 7 again, and find myself in awe of Rowling's ability to make all the pieces fit together over the course of 7 books. Also, I wished (as I do every time) that I hadn't just read it so I could re-read it.

In our home, we have: one copy of the whole series, Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spell book I made for Luke, a homemade Gryffindor cloak, and so many wands I've lost track of them. Think we're a little obsessed?

But here is our new favorite Harry Potter thing, which we watch at least several times a week:

This is the only Harry Potter Puppet Pals that's suitable for children; also, I think it's by far and away the best one. We find ourselves singing all the parts of this silly song of theirs in a sort of round, so it can be considered to further the musical education of our young children. Owen, just 4, can join in now, a skill I find so impressive! But mostly we just love it for its' wonderful silliness.


Jena said...

I live in house full of Potter-maniacs and we also love that video! Thanks for posting it. All my kids can sit for a whole day devouring one of those books. It's amazing to see them so engrossed. I haven't read them myself, but I've been read to--and I've seen all the movies.

Our little homeschooling group is quite anti-Harry Potter, so at times we hid like hunted heretics, and that's really a shame. These are great stories written beautifully. Yeah for J.K.!

The Stone Age Techie said...

Hi Jena,
I'm glad your family kept reading despite the unfavorable climate! I wanted to tell you that your recommendation of Peggy Kaye's Games for Reading led us to her Games for Writing, which will become a large part of our writing program this year - my 8 year-old LOVES to read, but had his joy of writing knocked out of him by public school. Thanks for putting us on to Kaye's books!