During the reprieve of no posting, I sat down with my family and watched the first movie of the Harry Potter series. For the longest time, I hesitated on whether it was worthy to be watched. Most of my friends had seen it and loved it, so I decided to give it a go with my family and see how I would enjoy it.
The premises is about a young boy by the name of Harry Potter who lives with his mother’s sister and her husband after both of his parents were killed. This family does not like Harry, so they mistreat him and make him do basically all the work around the house while they enjoyed large meals and watching television. When Harry turns eleven years old, however, he receives a letter (and this kid has never received letters before.), but his uncle snatches it away and tries to keep it from him, therefore making it so even more letters of the same kind are “flown” in. Finally, after some rather severe incidences, Harry discovers that this letter is an invitation to join Hogwarts, a school for magically talented children. Along the way to his new adventure, Harry meets some new friends and discovers a dark secret that could haunt him until the day he dies.
Personally, the first movie was rather cheesy, at least in effects, but I liked the overall theme and the characters’ developments. I have not seen any of the other movies, but I have finished almost all four books but from what I can tell, it seems pretty awesome.
A lot of people say that Harry Potter is pretty much just like The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. All three of these books teach important lessons that can be applied to life and Christianity today, such as choosing the right path wisely, realizing that evil has no place, and the importance of working hard. The reviews I had seen before starting Harry Potter was that the series encourages kids to lie, do wrong, and rebel against authorities and be rewarded for it. I am not quite sure where that comes from, since there are usually consequences in these actions. Like in most books, there are usually deeper meanings in the story than what is given away.
There is quite a bit of magic used in the books, but not magic in ways some think of it as. Like the old classics such as LOTR, these books hold a world where magic can be used freely and that using only the good magic is the correct path. There are a few curse words and a part I have run into that is rather inappropriate (it literally was one sentence though.), but I am very impressed with the morals teached in these books, and I hope to enjoy them even more as I progress through the series.
And here comes the ranking. For the morals displayed in this series, the admirable traits, timely characters, and important lessons, I give this series a thumbs up and an 8 out of 10!
Have a wonderful Friday!