Thursday, July 14, 2011

Watching Harry grow up....

Daniel Radcliffe has been in our lives since 2001, but his character entered our world 4 years before.  I am confident that every person in the world (ok, ALMOST every) has heard of Harry Potter, but I have learned over the last couple of weeks how many people have never read a book or seen a film....including my Viking. Most of these folks credit their lack of interest to thinking that Harry Potter is a kid's story (which I don't believe it is), but I can tell you that in the last two weeks I have changed the mind of ONE of these people. 

I asked Mads if he would be willing to watch the first film with me and he agreed. I am not sure if it was my over-exuberance as I spoke about the incredible talent of JK Rowling and her use of language or if he agreed just to hush me up. Either way, we watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone last week..... and once the film ended Mads' first response was "so when can we get the next film?" 8 days and 6 movies later, I can safely say that I have WON my Viking over to the world that includes places like Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and The Leaky Cauldron.

And tomorrow at 3:15pm we will enter the Herning movie theatre to complete our adventure in Harry's world as we see "The Deathly Hallows, Part 2". 

Mads does not read for fun the way that I do; I guess you could also rephrase that to say "Mads is not a nerd like I am", but either way, the point is that this is the first time that we have shared something from the literary world together and I LOVE IT!

We are able to talk about characters and settings and all those little details that add so much to the story... something we have never done before. I was already incredibly indebted to JK Rowling for giving Harry Potter to us, but now I must also say thank you to producer David Heyman. 

Together, they have given us wonderful characters that, I think, will be a part of our lives for many years to come.  


Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the film with AB1!

I also think JK Rowling is a genius for making a whole generation of kids leave the TV and start reading again!

Unknown said...

I never picked up the HP books because, like Mads, I thought they were for kids. One day my mom called me and said, 'I am reading HP and you have to read it too!' I thought this was a little strange, but did as my mom told me and I was hooked. I adore all of the books and read them so fast! I think I am going to try and convert Henry now.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your movie, and be prepared to cry a little, laugh a little and smile a whole lot.
I think the end especially will put a smile on your face :-)

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, you should get the original British books from bloomsbury. The American version fron Scholastic is butchering JKRs wonderfyl playful use of the language. It's watering the reading experience down a great deal. So is the Danish translation, by the way.
And it's just wrong on so many levels to hear about a British boy wearing pants ;-)

MoMo 2.0 said...

that is a GREAT idea! I did not even think about the difference between the US publication and the UK one!!
Thanks for the suggestion!