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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Soundtrack

Harry Potter Chamber Secrets Soundtrack

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

Here’s another book soundtrack for you all. I’ve been rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and with that I’ve thought of making a little soundtrack from my music collection.

Black Dove by #ToriAmos

(๐ŸŽง “They don’t know that you’ve already lived on the other side of the Galaxy” ๐ŸŽง) Such a magical song. Love Tori Amos too. ๐Ÿ’—


#DeadSouls by #NineInchNails

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Harry Potter Read-Along: Topic Q #2

Michelle Book Addict Harry Potter Read-Along

Harry Potter Read-Along (or Watch-Along)

On Tuesday’s TBR post, I announced that I was going to start a Harry Potter Read-Along. How long will this event last? Well, I’m hoping that it would be about a week, and to do at least one or so of the books and movies (I read slow because life gets in the way).

You can follow my reading progress (and others) through Social Media: Twitter

#HarryPotterReadAlong #MichelleBookAddict (and also there’s #ReadtheMagic).

Topic Question#1 was on Friday’s posts post here. And so here is Questions#2. Be sure to either posts your thoughts in the comments below, or add your link to the blog in the comments.

Topic Questions #2

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โ€œHarry โ€” yer a wizard.โ€ – Hagrid.

Harry Potter was 11 years old when he first met Hagrid, who told him what he really we, a Wizard.

The Question I have for everyone is who would you be in Harry Potter’s world, a Witch or Wizard, or a Muggle (non magical person)?

Tell us in your blog or in the comments below. Who are you really?

And according to the books, it’s best to know if you would be a Pure-Blood Wizard, Half-Blood, or Muggle-Born?

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The Hobbit

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The Hobbit (1937) or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien 5โ˜…โ™ฅ

(The Short Synopsis: a Hobbit’s great adventure with a wizard and dwarves. The prequel to Lord of the Rings).

Love this fantacy fiction. This was my first fantasy sci-fi book I have read. It had the perfect amount of fantasy to where I didn’t feel like I was being assaulted by the make believe. Tolkien’s story focused on the plot and kept the fantasy on the background.

Own the paperbacks but I thought I’d buy this ebook edition too.
Audio doesn’t work but it’s worth it for the other special editions added to book.

As for The Movies… Well it helped that Aidan Turner was casted โ™ฅ. Along with some other good actors.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows_(US_cover)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling 5โ˜…โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ Review: September 2014

Reread on kindle w/ iTunes audio. Own all the hard/ paperback books and audio on iTunes, borrowed it on kindle this time around for the tenth or something reread.

Jim Dale seems to be the only person I can tolerate to listen to in regards to adults attempting to speak like a child or teenager. They either get the tone wrong, or something in a way that I wouldn’t have done if I had just read it myself. The case of Jim Dale and the Harry Potter books, most of the time he’s spot on to what I would’ve imagined the characters sounding like.

I am a Harry Potter fan. Go Gryffindor. But I didn’t become a fan until 2003. My youngest sister was a fan first and I just thought it was for young kids. Nope. I ended up buying a European edition of the 4th book from a grown man who was in the Marines (I was in the Navy). It’s just one of those under-dog storylines that captivated a lot of people on my ship in my Navy days. So I was never embarrassed to be seen reading the books in public.

And watching the movies as well as reading them have been a family thing. My younger cousins are now reading and watching the movies. And in the near future, my sister told my 4 year old niece that maybe I’ll read them to her.

So I think I’ve become more accustomed to watching the movies as of late. Rereading the Deathly Hallows, I’ve found that I have forgotten about some parts. Mostly little things. And this book will always be my most favorite of the series. It really shows the strength of all the characters. Even Mrs. Wesley. I really loved the part with her and Belatrix fighting it out. And the fact that Harry was not the only one that killed off the Horcrux pieces. Let alone fought against Voldermort. And there is certainly a lot more symbolism in this book than the others I think.

And yes there is a lot of fantasy in this. The fact that these people are all wizards speaks that. And though I might think (along with a lot of other of my family and friends), that this book is both universal and ageless, it’s still a Young Adult book. But it’s still my favorite.

The Movie, not sure if this was the first time the film makers split 1 book into 2 movies. But Harry Potter has made it popular in this century IMHO.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 5โ˜…โ™ฅ

2012 Review

At first I wasn’t so sure about reading this book. Mostly beause I prejudged this as a young adult book only. This was around 2001. The books at this time were given to my youngest sister (I was 22 at the time making her 16). She read them and then handed them to me hoping I’d read them -little sis knowing I love to read. I forgot about them until the first movie came out. I don’t recall if I read the book first or saw the movie. But either way, I learned I was wrong to prejudge this series. Since then I’ve been hooked to everything Potter.

When the book ‘Order of the Phoenix’ was released in 2003, I was in the Navy. I was lucky enough to get ‘Order of the Phoenix’ and later ‘Half-Blood Prince’ in the Bloomsbury publishing editions. So as of now I currently own all 7 Scholastic hardcovers, 7 Scholastic paperbacks and 2 Bloomsbury hardcovers. As well as ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ hardcover. And ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ 10th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe Edition] [Hardcover]. I also own all 8 of the movies (all special editions of course).

I am currently 36 years old and I’m still a fan. A fan of all Harry Potter. And a fan of J.K.Rowling -purchased ebook of ‘Casual Vacancy’ the day it was released.

Harry Potter is a very charming orphaned boy who finds out he can do magic. He then goes to this amazing school called Hogwarts. A school even I wish I could attend to.

Harry Potter bless you

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling 4.5โ˜…โ™ฅ (reread numerous times. Last read in 2013. But am thinking of rereading again soon after I clear more books from my TBR list).

โ™ฆโ™ฆSome Spoilersโ™ฆโ™ฆ

I have been rereading this series.

This took me longer to read then the previous books. This is just as much action as the 7th book is. There is some bits where Harry is teaching the D.A. group (his friends and others) how to fight magically. And the duels and chase scene are great suspenseful action.

I love this storyline and Rowling’s Magic fantasy world. Order of the Phoenix, I think, is Rowing’s most complex book. She tries (sometimes too much) to show that Harry is no longer a kid. There is a lot of character coming of age development here. She gives some good hints and a lot of foreshadow to what’s to come in the next books. But I think that they’re only noticeable after rereading the series.

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. . . ” – Dumbledore

The theme of the series is always Harry and Voldermort’s connection. But this book changes pace from that. The quote of Dumbledore’s says it all about Order of the Phoenix theme. Rowling shows that there are other evils in Harry’s world then just Voldermort. The main villain is Dolores Umbridge, in which i really loath because Harry does too. I see upon rereading this that there are other villains too. The main villain is ignorance, because that’s exactly what Voldermort uses to keep his existence a secret. I liked that.

So like I said, this book took me longer to read. So to help me get as close to the June deadline as I could, I listened to the Jim Dale audio book while reading this. Of course, sa soon as I got to the last four chapters, I no longer needed to listen and read at the same time. So it was just the middle that was a bit long in my opinion.

And the comparison between the book to movie is just like comparing apples to oranges. Like it would’ve been nice to see the Weasley Swamp monument or Peeves chasing Umbridge out of Hogwarts (the way it’s described in the book is quite funny).