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July 23, 2007

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K

Honestly, I am NOT in full on Harry Potter mania mode. Never read the books, nor any of the movies but why can't just anyone read anything else? Call me anti-HP but it's just me.

On the good side tho that hopefully this is the last book and I would pick all of them anytime and read/watch the movie from the beginning to end. That would be fun, right?

golda

i read the first few books but now i just go order of the what?bad: I cant relate to my HP-addicted sisters.good: I can read spoilers on the web and I don't get terribly upset.

Gigi

K - I'm thinking when movie#7 finally comes out, it would be a good time for an HP marathon eh?

Golda - hehehe, I read spoilers, too -- they can be fun even (I do this mostly when I want to know how a movie ends but don't care to watch the movie).

Julianne

What a coincidence! Two years ago I bought a boxed set of the first 5 HP books with the intention of catching up with everyone! Well guess what ... I just opened the box last Friday!!! I use Sabrina's birth as an excuse but I just kept falling further and further behind and never caught up. I have 5 more weeks until school starts up. I'm hoping to at least have read the first 4 books by then!!!
Trust me, I'm feeling your pain;)

Geejay

Hi Gigi. I think you can still read all the books even if you know how it'll end. Part of the fun in HP is the journey. Seeing the young Harry Potter and his friends grow up.

Shari

I'm not an HP fan. I've read on the first book so far; didn't get addicted like some people did. I like books, but it doesn't really mean I should read HP, right? ;) I agree with The Good on #1 though.

Maybe I'll just buy the 7-book collection.

Manny

Gigi, I've never gotten the HP hype, either (though I blogged about the release of the last book - haha!). One of these days, I'll get around to reading it.

By the way, Gigi, you have been "tagged". Come here for your assignment.

Irene

Read the books, Gigi! They're more entertaining than their film versions. :)

Bugsybee

I'm worse, Gigi ... I have never read a single Harry Potter book and when I went to see the first HP movie, I fell asleep within 10 minutes. Some people even think I am abnormal. :P

Gigi

Julianne - Maybe you and I need to form our own HP Book Club for 2 so we can get through the books together. :)

Geejay - Tama ka naman. It's like how I've read 2 different novels about Marie Antoinette even if I know what happens to her in the end. It didn't matter, I suppose -- the beauty was in the details.

Shari - I really enjoyed all movies thus far. And now that "Harry" is turning out to be such a hottie pa...

Manny - That's a TOUGH one!!! Pero sige na nga...I'll need to mull over it for a bit.

Irene - My sister says I can borrow her copies. Pero so daunting -- ang kakapal!!! but if my friend Julianne (above) agrees to go through them with me, there's a chance I'll get through all volumes yet.

Bugsy - Hahaha! I don't think you're abnormal or strange, hindi mo lang "thing" di ba? When you think about it, 12 (?) various publishers turned down JK Rowling's original HP manuscript before (genius or lucky) Bloomsbury decided to give it a chance -- and even then, first run was only a thousand copies yata. So obviously its charms were not immediate for everyone. :)

Julianne

Okay, G I'm in. I finished the first book last Friday. I'm on to Book 2 this week. If you can get past the first 80 or so pages, you'll be hooked:)

Anna

They may be long, but they're easy to read so they go really fast.

buns

ate,
if i can read it, so can u. im a very slow reader and dont exactly enjoy reading. but, this, i enjoyed :-D i still think you should read them. the books are better than the movie.

Gigi

Julianne - Yikes, I need to catch up to you! I'll start Book 1 this weekend and see how far I get...

Anna - If I get hooked no one may see me ever again (or however long it takes to get through 7 massive books)!

Buns - Which volumes do you have over here?

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