**Caution: There may be spoilers**
Considering that I started to cry when listening to Cedric’s death in book 4 and I cry every time I read the ends of these two books, I was quite surprised not to cry at all while listening to either “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” or “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” I’m really not sure why this is. Jim Dale’s performance was the first time that Cedric’s death has ever effected me like that, but didn’t bring tears to my eyes when Sirius and Dumbledore died. It seems quite odd. Then again, their deaths in the movies didn’t make me cry either, just when I read the books on my own. Perhaps I love those characters so much I just need to go at my own speed and linger over the words describing their deaths, otherwise it all goes too quickly.
By now I’m really, really enjoying Jim Dale as the narrator of these books. The voices he provides the characters have supplanted the voices of the characters in my mind, and I find the books coming to life for me again in a completely different way. Also, I can’t tell whether his Hermione has grown less obnoxious, or whether I am just used to her, but I don’t find that her whining is bothering me anymore.
I’ve always loved the Harry Potter series, and I’m really, really glad I decided to listen to them on audio.