News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
LIVING TODAY | HOME | ARCHIVES | COLUMNS

Tina Seeborg, a Decatur Public Library reference assistant, helps Joshua Burgreen pin the scar on Harry Potter at the library’s book release party Friday night.
Daily photos by Jonathan Palmer
Tina Seeborg, a Decatur Public Library reference assistant, helps Joshua Burgreen pin the scar on Harry Potter at the library’s book release party Friday night.

POTTER PALOOZA
Local readers are under Harry’s spell

On getting hooked on J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series:

pp1.jpg - 11312 Bytes
Jonathan Schuster, right, as Harry Potter, with Tucker Hammock, center, as Lord Voldemort, and Tyler Gibson as Professor Snape, performing a scene of Darren Butler’s mini-play, which is his version of how things end in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
“I just thought they were kids’ books and didn’t want to read them, but I finally sat down to read them and decided they were good. I like the way they relate to all ages, and while the magic part is unrealistic, the relationships between the characters are very believable. But the magic makes it more interesting.” — Sarah Williams, 23, of Lawrence County, who helped with the library party with sister Rachel Williams, 25

“I have never enjoyed a storyline like this one. I normally only read mysteries and never thought I would be interested in books like these, but once I started reading one, I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t wait for the next book to come out. And when the movies started coming out, my daughters, Ashley, 11, and Holly, 15, got into it. If you just watch the movies, you don’t get the full effect — there’s so much more in the books, and I learn something new each time I reread them.” —Carol Harris, 44, of Decatur

pp2.jpg - 40448 Bytes
Catie Duffey, left, Bridget Lappert and Caroline Duffey get the first copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” at a book release party Friday at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.
“I used to think this was just a kid series, until I saw one of the movies during my mid-terms at The University of North Alabama, and then started buying the books.” —Robert Brown, 22, of Priceville, a UNA student

“I first read a Harry Potter book at Christmas 2001, when I bought four books for a daughter, started reading them and was hooked. I was fascinated by the details that make it all seem real; it’s a world you can get into and escape for a while. Now I’m involved in an online fan fiction community, www.sugarquill.net, and I draw character portraits in pencil and share them online. I’ve traveled to some of the book sites in England, too.” — Cindy Walton, 53, of Eva

On if Harry lives or dies: “I think that a Dementor will have to kiss Harry’s soul to get Voldemort out of him so he can live. I’m sad because it’s the end of an era, but excited, too, to see how it ends.” — Caroline Duffey, 19, of Decatur, who dressed as Bellatrix for the play and has been a Harry Potter fan since fourth grade

Nathan Well, left, and Mike Armstrong, both of Decatur, check the page count on the new Harry Potter book at the Princess book party.
Nathan Well, left, and Mike Armstrong, both of Decatur, check the page count on the new Harry Potter book at the Princess book party.
“I hope Harry lives, but if he doesn’t I will have to take a week off from work for mourning. I think he will live, but I don’t know who will die ... I’m nervous about it.” — Carol Harris, 44, of Decatur

“I think Neville is going to come into play in how Harry succeeds or fails; he had a huge part in the last book.” — Robert Brown, 22, of Priceville, a UNA student

“I think Harry and Voltemort will fight and die at the same time.” — Bryant Harmon, 11, of Moulton

“I’m hoping Harry is going to stay alive, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t.” — Shari White, Somerville mom

Compiled by Patrice Stewart

Save $84.50 a year off our newsstand price:
Subscribe today for only 38 cents a day!

Leave feedback
on this or
another
story.

Email This Page



  www.decaturdaily.com