Captain Ed reviews Potter

There are reviews of Harry Potter all over the blogosphere, many with spoilers. I think Ed Morrissey has written the best, most succinct review – giving little away but a hearty recommendation. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the book, and I concur with his opinions, completely – particularly his observations that Rowlings’ writing skills are much improved, overall, and that the story seems quite relevant to our modern times, rather than with WWII.

I also admire, quite simply, his economy of language in his review. But then he’s my first blogging hero! :-)

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  • RJGatorEsq

    I am also about 2/3 through the book.
    My thoughts at this point:
    1) JK Rowling is a bit of a lefty (she used to work for Greenpeace). She gets in a wholly gratuitous dig at the President. Sigh. At least she waits longer than most lefties: the dig doesn’t come until the second sentence of the book. (No, she doesn’t specifically identify GWB by name, but she does refer to the “wretched” “President” of a “distant” country. One infers that the country is a number of time zones west of England.) Pointless and irritating.
    2) The book has some absolutely hilarious parts:
    [Harry] “Yes.”
    [Snape] “Yes, SIR.”
    [Harry] “You don’t have to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”
    3) The development of the characters is absolutely fantastic. Characters add sparkle to a work; you really feel strongly about the characters in this book (love them or loathe them), and it adds a lot. (By way of comparison, read The Pelican Brief–it is one long chase scene involving people whom you hope all get hit by a bus just to put the book out of its misery).
    4) This series is getting very, very dark. You get a preview of that on about Page 2 of Half-Blood Prince. I was depressed at the end of Book 4, more so at the end of Book 5, and one can feel that this one is building to something worse still.

  • TheAnchoress

    Funny Gator – this is one time I really didn’t take it as a dig against President Bush. I took “wretched” to mean “much put upon.”

    Ah, well.

  • RJGatorEsq

    Ms. Anchoress, are you saying I’m seeing swipes at the President where there aren’t any?
    LOL. You may be right. I’d like to think you are.
    Enjoy the rest of the book. I can’t go to Captain’s Quarters because Ed put a Spoiler Alert on his post–something I hope I won’t have to worry about by this time tomorrow. ;-)