I finally finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Best. Book. Ever.
I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but if anyone wants to discuss the book, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One other thought: There’s NO EFFIN’ WAY this can be made into a movie (and while I’m at it, there’s a fair amount of adult language used in this book, including hte use of “effin'”), mainly because it will have a budget of $500 million. Of course, it will earn $100 billion, but still …
Oh, and one more thought: I absolutely am sick and tired of hearing people complain about how Harry Potter is corrupting our youth by encouraging them to practice magic and witchcraft.
That’s pure and utter nonsense.
I grew up on the Star Wars movies, and I wanted nothing more out of life than to be a Jedi. I wanted to use the Force. I wanted a lightsaber. I wanted Princess Leia. However, two things blocked this from me: a) I couldn’t stand on one hand like Luke did in Empire, and I figured that was a crucial part of the training process and b) it was an effin’ movie. Even at 4 years old, my age when I first saw Empire in a theater, I knew it was a movie.
And when I went to the First Presbyterian Church of Stanton every Sunday, I prayed my normal prayers to God, not Yoda, even though I would usually pray for some Jedi capabilities, at the very least the Jedi Mind Trick.
The Harry Potter books, like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or any other number of fantasy books/movies before them, are about many things, including honor, bravery, courage, friendship, faith, hope and love.
Now, I don’t maintain to be a theological scholar, but I do know a few things about the Bible, and correct me if I’m wrong but some of the primary teachings of Jesus included honor, friendship, faith, hope and love (I’m not 100 percent certain on the bravery and courage thing, but I’m guessing they’re in there somewhere, maybe in Phillipians or Acts).
So, is it really so wrong to think that, besides the intellectual and creative stimulation that comes from reading some finely written stories, children can walk away learning some important values in these books?
Apparently not to some people, as evidenced by a bitter old lady Saturday evening in Target. While standing in line, I watched this much-too-tan woman, with big hair featuring at least half a can of industrial strength hairspray (close your eyes; you know you can picture her), walk by a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows display and loudly croak, “That’s the devil’s work.”
Quite pleased with her half-assed religious commentary, she pointed the display out to what appeared to her adult daughter and 3-4-year-old grandson. She waited a few minutes, giving ample time for others to turn and look at her before repeating in a voice sounding like ripped carpet, “That’s the devil’s work.”
And since she had made her point about all that ails this world and having now made it safe for children everywhere, she took her grandson by the hand and led him out of the store …
… where he sat in her lap while she smoked a cigarette.