The Short Version:
I think this is the one that’s a real turning point on the re-read cycle because so much is introduced that is important in the later books
Why I Read It:
I’m still enjoying listening to these as a method of re-reading. I’m not sure I’ll finish them all by the challenge deadline, but that doesn’t really matter.
As I’ve said before on the re-read via audio posts, I’m not going to bother with any kind of plot summary. By now you either know it or you don’t want to know.
So I just can’t help but picture Emma Thompson from the movies as Professor Trelawney. She so perfectly fits the image I had in my head before I even saw the movie that I think she only served to enhance my own mental image. As a side note, that’s the case for most of the movie roles at least for the movies I’ve seen so far. I haven’t encountered any yet that I’d call a major casting mistake. I haven’t seen any of the movies beyond Goblet of Fire, though.
I said it above and will restate that I think this book serves as a major turning point in the story. There is a tremendous amount of information, storylines and characters introduced in this book that become only more important later on. Even though Voldemort doesn’t make any direct appearance in this one, his history and Harry’s history are developed quite a bit.
I still love Jim Dale’s reading with one exception. The Hermione in my head is not nearly as whiny as his Hermione.