I was going to review these books one at a time, but I just can’t – mostly because I didn’t do it after each once and they somewhat blend together, and partly because I don’t think I can write much new stuff about them all. I enjoyed reading them a long time ago and while I enjoyed them, I never thought I’d revisit them. And then I got Audible, and found that the series was read by Stephen Fry. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. This is the marvel of JK Rowling.
For anyone who’s missed this gigantic cultural phenomenon, these books tell the story of Harry Potter, an orphan who discovers he is a wizard and is sent to a magical boarding school to learn marvellous things. Of course, not only is he a wizard, but he is the most famous wizard of them all as his parents died protecting him from the evil he-who-must-not-be-named (Lord Voldemort), and Harry is the only one who has ever survived.
The series is filled with baddies and goodies and magical battles and beloved characters even die. There are flaws – many characters are very shallow and underdeveloped, but then I have to remind myself that these were written for kids. Keeping this in mind, it was good to see that some of the bad guys were bad sometimes, but still had good in them and vice versa.
I could not stop listening. Usually, I find audiobooks are just for the car, and even only on some trips – I subscribe to a lot of podcasts. But while I was listening to these books, there was nothing else. I was totally drawn in, and felt slightly bereft when it all drew to an end. Great work, JK. Hats off to you. And you also, Stephen Fry. So good.