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I first read this back in March 2000, on my way back from my first ever visit to Kosovo, on the recommendation of some American friends working there. It remains a good read; one of the effects of having seen the films, of course, is that it's now impossible to read Hagrid or Snape without hearing Robbie Coltrane or Alan Rickman in your head.. (Let alone Radcliffe, Watson or Grint.)

Indeed, one ability Rowling displays here which she rather let slip in some of the later books is the skill of telling a thrilling story with hints of the historical background and wider world of wizardry in a mere 220 pages. It is a good tale, engagingly told.

< Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows | The Tales of Beedle the Bard >

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mizkit
Feb. 5th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
one of the effects of having seen the films, of course, is that it's now impossible to read Hagrid or Snape without hearing Robbie Coltrane or Alan Rickman in your head.. (Let alone Radcliffe, Watson or Grint.)

Not for me, I said cheerfully! :)
seawasp
Feb. 5th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
I was reading them to my son Christopher BEFORE they made the films, using Alan Rickman's voice for Snape and an accent rather like Coltrane's for Hagrid (though I'd stolen it actually from a crossbreed of several English accents including one of the (I think) Yorkshiremen in "All Creatures Great and Small"). It was quite gratifying when she then picked Rickman for Snape, since that was who I'd had in mind all along.
bennmorland
Feb. 5th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Hah! Completely ditto.
inulro
Feb. 5th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I have to admit to having seen the films before reading the books, but I still think Rickman and Coltrane are perfect for the parts (as is most of the casting, actually).
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