[12 Days of Christmas] #4: A Sleigh Ride with the Boy Who Lived

On the 4th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:

BOOK – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

When I first read this book back in 2000, I got sucked into its world. It wasn’t a difficult read, and it was interesting. I thought the characters were fun and relatable (even though I’m a muggle). And so, every time Ms. Rowling released a Harry Potter book, I eagerly read it and usually finished it in a day because I found it very hard to put it down!

SONG – “Sleigh Ride” by Pentatonix

I’ve never ridden a sleigh. Have you? Looks like fun.

[Movie Review] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I saw it
– when: 11 Jul 2007
– why: I’m an avid Harry Potter reader. I’ve read the books and I’ve watched the films. 🙂

Synopsis:  As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It’s been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero’s non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief–or will it?
(from http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808475612/details)

*** Warning: May contain spoilers ***

Thoughts / Review:
This is a much darker film than the rest of the Harry Potter film series. If you think the previous Goblet of Fire was dark, this one’s even more so. Harry’s older, stronger, and has more worries now that Voldemort has returned in the wizarding world and is gathering his dark forces. Intensity and tension starts immediately with the story kicking off where the Dementors are loose in the muggle world, sucking out the happiness from Harry and his cousin, Dudley.
 

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