Great White Snark

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Oh, Dumbledore, you wise old thing, you.

I get this one quite a lot, so let's get it out of the way:
What is your favorite book in the Harry Potter series?
Hmm...let's see. From a literary standpoint, you absolutely have to read the entire series almost as one giant 4,000 page epic divided into seven parts. On their own, the books are an amusing read and an endearing story about an orphan who does magic. As a series though, you really get to appreciate all the literary nuances that Rowling planted in there. From page 1 she knew exactly where she was taking the story (which lends to the series' re-readability) and it's fun to pick out all the little clues along the way. So, I guess what I'm saying, is my favorite book, if I had to pick as a literary critic, would probably be the last simply because it's the apotheosis of the entire series.

Individually, I LOVE The Prisoner of Azkaban. I feel it's the last book in which Harry enjoys childhood--Voldemort returns and the entire series shifts in the 4th book. Voldemort is auspiciously absent in Azkaban, and rather, we get a really great backstory to Harry's parents. And Sirius Black. And Lupin. And Snape. It's overall just a really cool story. I love backstory. And I love character development, and this book has a good deal of both. Also this accurate (albeit PROFANE) definition from CLEARLY makes it the best:

And finally, because this happens:

And you? What's your favorite book? If you haven't read the books GTFO, seriously and go read them what's your favorite film? Feel free to elaborate in the comments!


  1. "Goddess"?? HAHA!! That's so amusing to me.

  2. Lol, ikr?? I was like, "HUH??" But then I remembered exactly what it was I was reading and decided to let it go. ;D