01-22-2007 04:54 PM
For you theory mongers, I finally broke down and decided to join, but I can't promise I'll be really active with school and everything.
For everyone else, hi. I'm Chelle. I've been reading HP since I got into high school... 5 1/2 years ago. Seems like forever. I'm in college and discuss HP quite often. Hope to hear some new insights (as much as I love the insight Debs and Peeves offer :-P).
Hi Chelle! Glad you joined us!
~Professor Albus Dumbledore
01-23-2007 08:55 AM
Oh--and I started reading the books because when I was student teaching a million years ago, my 4th graders were all reading the third book because it had just come out and I HAD to see what all the hype was about--so I have 20 9 years olds to thank for introducing me to these wonderful books
Prizoner of Azkaban was my favorite until Order of the Phoenix came about. Does anyone else have a favorite?
01-23-2007 01:29 PM
01-26-2007 09:55 AM
Hi, I started reading the Potter series when book two came out. When COS was released, I bought the paperback of SS (less money) to see what it was all about. Well, that was it, I read it and went out and bought book two hardcover and have pre-ordered ever since, I've also replaced SS with hardcover. I love these books, and have re-read them many times.
I have the first two in softcover and all the rest in hardcover too--just couldn't wait that long!
01-27-2007 10:27 AM
I am a little late in joining this board (just got a B&N email about it today), but no matter as I have read SS at least twelve times. Having taught with it for three years (1999-2001) to three classes of sixth grade students each year, having read it before teaching it, and having read it twice just for fun.... I guess I'm safe to move onward with ya'all (I've only read Chamber three times).
I wanted to mention another sad & interesting thought that I haven't seen discussed here.... Each of the three years that I taught with HP contained at least one student who was barred from reading it. My principal left this situation to my discretion, and I usually solved the problem by planning another unit for the student (sent to another classroom - lest he be exposed to the evils of Harry). By 2001, my principal was getting heat from the district about myself & the other reading teacher's covering of HP. She asked that we find a new title. It was a sad day. I have never found, in 10 years of teaching, a novel that MAKES the kids want to read. They'll go along with a dozen or so that I can think of, but I've never again seen them RUN into the classroom and BEG to begin the story. I remember how they moaned if I made them copy vocabualary or concept topics BEFORE I began the tape/reading. It got so bad that I'd start each lesson with a "teaser" just to get them pumped to learn the concepts. And their scores ....well, you can just imagine. The highest score jump & most enthusiasm came from the struggling reader's class. For many of them, this was the FIRST time they'd been able to comprehend a chapter book.
I just wanted to tell my tale. Though it had a bittersweet end, my time spent teaching with Harry was one of the highlights of my career. The movies have corrupted this generation anyway. Hopefully, this generations' children will be fresh .... because I'll wager the HP canon to still be worthy. Lets also hope uninformed misjudgement isn't still following Harry.
01-27-2007 12:48 PM
01-27-2007 12:55 PM
I am very excited to discuss HP books.
Looking forward to chatting with everyone.
01-27-2007 01:35 PM
01-27-2007 03:26 PM
Just wanted to comment about the school no longer allowing the book as part of the ciriculum. That is very sad. I have heard of churches & schools banning the series due to its content re Magic, but I have to agree completely with you. This is a series of books who have introduced millions of children to the concept of reading. Kids who never pick up a book, who struggled found something they could call their own. It was ajoy & great introduction to what reading can be. You have children who couldn't or wouldn't read a 50 or 60 page book now totally engrossed in 1000 page novel? Where i sthe harm? But my question was for the parents complaing it was inappropriate weren't there more parents willing to expresstheir thanks for getting their kids to read?
Anyway looking forward to future discussions & am going to have to get cracking on SS so I can be on time for COS.
01-27-2007 04:33 PM
I started reading the books after CoS was published. SS was given to my daughter as a gift and that got us all hooked! Well, it got my two kids and I hooked. My husband doesn't see any value in the stories but he is a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy who likes Tom Clancy and Louis L'Amour; he's never enjoyed anything in the realm of fantasy including (yes SHOCKING as it is) LOTR. The kids and I have seen the last two films on the IMAX big screen and even though they aren't word-for-word like the books we've enjoyed them immensely!
I'm so glad that B&N is providing this opportunity for HP fans to "meet" and discuss our ideas and thoughts!
Sirius Black, to Ron Weasley HPGoF pg525
01-27-2007 05:06 PM
I've been called a TORNado(The One Ring . Net) and a RINGer for my dedication to Tolkien, and even wrote a full AP College Writing paper on Tolkien's writing style and background of the "Grand Father" of Fantasy.
I'm looking forward to reading all of our thoughts combined into a cacophony of ideas and thrilling escapades related to those ideas.
"And now, [friends], let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."
"Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn't it?" -- Rand Al'Thor
01-27-2007 05:43 PM
I dont really know how this works...I guess you just read and comment on what you're reading...if I'm wrong please correct me.
Off to my reading!!
01-27-2007 10:30 PM
I can't remember how many times I have read the HP books I bought a new set of paper back copies so I would not wear out my Hard Backs. I look forward to the discussions.
01-28-2007 12:02 AM
01-28-2007 12:39 PM
I've had the privilege of seeing two young men become avid readers from haveing begun reading the series. Not just pick up a book and be willing to read but Must Have Two Or More Books Going Of My Own Deep Interest reading. Yes.
01-28-2007 03:03 PM
01-28-2007 03:19 PM - edited 01-28-2007 03:19 PM
See you in the post. I'll have to fine a good quote like the others.
Message Edited by Kathleen1 on 01-28-200703:20 PM