I’m now past the half-way point in this series book-wise. Page-wise I’m not quite there yet, because books four through seven are much longer than books one through three. This was the first longer book at about 734 pages, and I enjoyed the meatier length. I’m really enjoying this series in general and I’m glad I finally got around to starting it.
This was an important book for me. Why? Because I finally learned that I’d been pronouncing Hermione wrong this whole time. Ron attempts to say her name with his mouth full, and the syllables that came out of his mouth did not jive at all with the syllables I thought her name contained. I was pronouncing it “her me own” but it’s really “her my oh knee”. Not long after that, I finally gave into the temptation I’ve been fighting and watched the first movie to make sure the rest of my pronunciations were ok. I plan to finish the series before watching any of the other movies, though. Later on in the book Hermione actually explains to somebody how to pronounce her name, but I’d long since had it sorted out by then.
I enjoyed this book a lot, but I did think there were some slow parts here and there – not too many, but a few. The over-all story was interesting and I thought it got quite twisty near the end. I had been pretty confident I knew what was what, but the author managed to surprise me again. I’m definitely interested in seeing what happens in the next book given the way things ended up in this book.
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