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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #2- A Book in Pictures

tI'm having an embarrassingly hard time deciding what to read right now (I blame it on having too many choices) so in order to clear the logjam, I'm rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition (Harry Potter)

This is one of those books that doesn't really need any introduction at this point, so I've decided to depict the story in pictures for as far as I've gotten in the book, and focus on scenes and ideas that stuck out for me the first time I read the book, as well as in each subsequent reading- it's funny the stuff that stays with us!

Anyway, on to the photo magic:

Ah, the cupboard under the stairs.  I remember reading this section for the first time years ago and being like, hellooo child abuse.  Throughout all of the books in this series I'm constantly surprised that Harry as a character was as...well-balanced...as he was, considering what he had as a frame of reference for how to treat people.

So anyway, one thing leads to another and Harry finds out that he's a wizard.  Not just any wizard, either, but a really, REALLY famous one, because he KO'd the Dark Lord when he was a baby.

Naturally, Harry has a little bit of trouble digesting this, but I remember being really impressed that Harry's more pressing concerns were about going to a new school and fitting in when everyone else has the advantage of knowing what's going on around them.  His nervousness felt so natural and authentic.

One of my favorite things about this series is the level of detail that's worked into even the littlest descriptions.  Take, for example, the scene where Harry goes to Ollivanders to get his wand.
With each wand that Harry tries, we get the kind of wood, how long it is, and a really juicy adjective to describe it- swishy, whippy, bendy, etc. etc.  This is the kind of section that will help you grow your vocabulary in a big way.

So Harry is all geared up for school, he's ready to leave his crappy life with the Dursleys behind, and the next place he has to go is:

Where Mr. Dursley prompting abandons him- I always wonder, would they have eventually come back for him? Thankfully we never have to find out, because Harry meets the Weasleys and figures out how to get to

Where it's time to catch the Hogwarts Express! 
Right now, I just finished the part where Scabbers attacks Draco and bites him- does anyone else think "boo! hiss!" whenever they read anything with Scabbers in it?  I know I do.

Rats are gross anyway.

After this, I admit I'm not sure what I'll read next.  Any suggestions?
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