Now that we are officially in the Halloween season, what better way to get in the mood than to savor some creepy classics? First, let’s take a look at some Halloween-themed literature for younger readers and teens.
On June 26, 1997, struggling author J.K. Rowling’s first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finally published by Bloomsbury in the UK after multiple rejections from other companies. It was published the next year in America by Scholastic under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Today marks 20 years since Harry Potter was officially introduced – 20 years of the scrawny, black-haired, green-eyed, bespectacled boy enchanting readers all over the world.
With the newest entry in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling has once again proven herself a master of imagination. However, it’s important to remember that there are now two books bearing this same title: the screenplay which is the basis for the movie starring Eddie Redmayne, and the Hogwarts Library edition that serves as a facsimile of Harry Potter’s text book. Both are available through the Chesapeake Library, and both are quick, entertaining reads, but make sure you know which version you’re looking for. (Click on the book covers to go to that item’s catalog page!)
Finally, it’s my turn to read and review the eighth Harry Potter book!
This was one of the biggest surprises out of the Harry Potter world. I personally wasn’t expecting anything else after the last movie, and definitely didn’t think another book was coming. This new story picks up right where the last one left off, focusing on new characters, namely the children of Harry and Ginny Potter, Ron and Hermione Weasley, and Draco Malfoy. You’ll see the first generation quite often, but the time period and point of view are completely different. However, the setting–Hogwarts students navigating their way through school and the social heirarchy, one of whom is coping with everyone else having prior expectations about him due to circumstances entirely beyond his control–is very familiar.
The reactions so far have been extremely mixed. A number of my friends have loved it, hated it, or just been confused by it. My mother described it as “disturbing.” Now, honestly, I wasn’t that troubled by this, because I like disturbing stories. However, since so many have been wary of diving into this particular volume, I wanted to give as honest a reaction as possible. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”
OMG – I totally loved this series – In fact, I loved it so much I devoured all five books in one week. Yep, you read that right… ONE WEEK!