After watching all of the Harry Potter movies (I just saw the last movie in the series a few days ago) and visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, I have officially been inspired to read the books. I have to admit to a certain amount of shame as an English teacher in not reading them sooner. I would never equate reading a book with watching a movie--yes, they are both genres that can be interpreted, but it seems as if something always gets lost in translation. (For me, the best example of good book/bad movie syndrome is the Twilight series. I devoured the books quickly, but I find the movies cheesy and, at times, painful to watch.) Luckily, so far, I'm finding the Harry Potter movies to be much truer to the novels than most book-to-film adaptations. After having seen the movies, I'm surprised that I'm still enjoying the books so much. After all, I know how it all ends. I like being "in" on all of the plot details that get left out of the movie. (Why no Peeves?) I also find that the books clear up areas that I thought weren't very developed in the movies. Overall, I'm really enjoying the Harry Potter books.
I'm also looking into more ideas for Harry Potter crafts to decorate my classroom. My Monster Book of Monsters needs a sorting hat, I think... or maybe a golden snitch.
More to come...
After breezing through the first four books, I was really on a roll! Then back-to-school time hit and, well, I just don't have that much free time right now. In fact, as I drew closer to the end of the fifth book--Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--I discovered that, because it had been weeks since I began reading the book, I couldn't remember details that the book was referring back to. For now, I am postponing further Harry Potter reading until Christmas break, when I can have several hours of uninterrupted reading time to devote to finishing this epic!
I'm also seriously contemplating doing a Harry Potter satire as next year's fall play. There's a good one called Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone on playscripts.com
On another note, I now have a sorting hat in my classroom!
Jessica Pilgreen is a high school English teacher, a Piasa Bluffs Writing Project fellow, and a technology enthusiast. The main purpose of this blog is to help her keep track of all of the fabulous tools out there that she has encountered, but if she can help a few others along the way, that's good, too.