Okay, okay, I’m growing more and more attached to Jim Dale’s performance of the Harry Potter books. The first one I listened to, “Chamber of Secrets,” I felt sort of ‘meh’ about (that is my least favorite of the books too, though), then I sort of liked “Prisoner of Azkaban,” but now I’m addicted and can barely tear myself away to listen to a non-Harry Potter audio book before going on to “Order of the Phoenix.”
I’m still slightly annoyed by the whiney way that most of the characters – and especially Hermione – say Harry’s name, but I’m able to get over it better now. What I did not expect is that “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was a much more emotional experience for me in audio than it has ever been in print. Every time I have read books 5 and 6 I’ve cried at the end and I cried multiple places in book 7. *Spoiler alert* Cedric’s death just never did all that much for me. He wasn’t a central enough character. Sure, I liked him, but I hadn’t grown to love him so his death didn’t effect me much. However, LISTENING to Harry’s pain and survivor guilt got to me and made me mist up a bit. I’m a little worried about hearing the deaths of more beloved characters in the next three books while I’m in the middle of traffic with my baby in the car, I may have to make sure to listen to those parts in the house.
The only thing that made this listening experience less than ideal was my own fault. Evidently when I was ripping the cds to put on my Ipod, I missed a disc or two. I skipped over the entire third task, coming back in during the graveyard scene! Luckily I’ve read these books so many times I knew what I had missed, since the cds are already back at the library. I guess that makes it all the more amazing that Cedric’s death effected me as it did, since I actually missed the death itself.
This review is part of GalleySmith’s Harry Potter Reading Challenge.