Series: #7 in the Harry Potter series
Publication Date: 2007
Read by: Jim Dale
Challenges: Support Your Local Library #44
The Short Version:
The finale of the series is an exciting, entertaining and thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
Why I Read It:
Obviously I didn’t finish listening to this entire series before the Harry Potter Reading Challenge ended, but I didn’t care and wanted to finish listening to them back to back.
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.
Wow. Just Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the series back to back. It took months because I only listen to audiobooks when I’m in the car by myself so it’s a lot of short bits of listening time. I had spread the reading of the books over several years. I found a few advantages to listening to the series as a re-read. First of all, knowing what happens later makes many little small events and mentions early in the series that much more meaningful. Secondly, listening to the books back to back kept me in the mood and world of Harry and his friends. Thirdly, Jim Dale is fabulous. Yes, his Hermione seemed just whiny and all wrong at the beginning of the series but I think that was toned down as the books progressed.
This was such a wonderful way to re-experience an amazing series that I heartily recommend it.
This last book was difficult at times, though. The sad parts of the story almost seemed sadder when I heard them rather than read them. I was a bit weepy several times. I think I came out of this experience with a much greater appreciation and love for both Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. They both became favorite characters for me this time around.
While I missed the deadiine of the Harry Potter Reading Challenge by a mile (or several), I’m glad I stuck with it. On the other hand, as much as I enjoyed this way of listening to the series, I’m ready for something else in my audio reading. While I’ve been listening to Harry and the gang, I’ve amassed quite the extensive list of audiobooks in waiting in my itunes library. I’ve missed a few of my favorite characters from the other series I only read as audiobooks and I’m definitely looking forward to getting back together with them.