Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: A Reader’s Comments

harry potter and the deathly hallowsAs I’ve said before, I’m a Harry Potter fanatic.  I just saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the movie), Part 1 two nights ago, and I couldn’t help reflecting a bit on how the movie compares to the book. This is not really a movie review, per se, but it is definitely more movie review than book review.

If you are interested in my thoughts on the book (i.e., Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)), or the Harry Potter books in general, see my review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, my review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and my three-article series entitled, “Harry Potter: Christian Allegory or Occultist Children’s Books,” where I explore the Christian controversy over the books and movies.

Finally, be forewarned that I will divulge elements of the plot that you may not want to spoil if you have not yet read the book or seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the movie), Part 1, and plan to do so.

Regrets of the Cutting Room Floor

I fear that this discussion is going to end up pretty negative—mostly a list of things about the movie that bugged me—so I feel like I should start by mentioning that my love of Harry and company is strong enough to bear even these impertinences (yes, I know, you were worried…), and that I did, in fact, like the movie.  The cinematography was wonderful, the landscapes incredible, and I have grown so attached to the characters (of the book and the movie, to the extent that they are different) that seeing them on the screen is just plain comforting (do I need to get some help for this fanaticism?  I’m not usually like this…really).  With that said, here is my list. Continue reading


Beezus and Ramona: Summary and Review

beezus and ramona by beverly cleary cover artTitle: Beezus and Ramonabeezus and ramona by beverly cleary
Author: Beverly Cleary
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / 3rd Grade Chapter Books
Age Category: 6 to 12 years

With the upcoming release of the movie “Ramona and Beezus” on July 23rd, I thought it would be fun to review Beverly Cleary’s classic  chapter book Beezus and Ramonabeezus and ramona by beverly cleary, the first in the series of books Cleary wrote starring the Quimby sisters, Beatrice (nicknamed Beezus) and Ramona. (Cleary won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. HenshawDear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, and Newbery Honors for Ramona Quimby, Age 8Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary, and Ramona and Her FatherRamona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary.)  While the trailer for the movie (embedded at the bottom of this post) suggests that the movie tries to capture the entire Ramona series—and thus may not be a straight translation of this children’s book into film—the movie’s title does resemble the book title (with the names in reverse order), so I’m sure there are points of connection between movie and book.

Beezus and Ramona: Summary

Beezus and Ramona beezus and ramona by beverly clearyis a character driven 3rd grade chapter book that focuses on Beezus Quimby, the 9-year-old sister of 4-year-old Ramona Quimby.  The book is essentially a series of vignettes depicting the relationship between the two sisters, in which Ramona’s mischief features prominently.  The book is different from the other books in the Ramona series in that Continue reading