One of my first posts on Laughing Lindsay was about Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Movie. So, obviously, I’m a fan of the series (books and movies). As you may or may not know, the last movie comes out in theaters later this week! Gah! I’m so excited!! 😀 To celebrate, I received 2 wonderful books from Ulysses Press on the series!
One of the books I received was the Unofficial Harry Potter Vocabulary Builder. This books is really neat, especially for an education major like myself. It features 3,000 of the hardest words from all of the books in the series. It doesn’t include words that J.K. Rowling made up for the series, but rather actual words she used in the stories. It starts with “abashed” and goes to “zoological”. The book lists the word, gives its pronunciation (or a word it rhymes with – super handy), part of language (verb, adjective, noun, etc.), definition. Then, it tells which book and page number the word can be found on from the series. Then, it has a sentence using the word. These sentences come together to form another story.
I thought this book was really nice. It can help any child (or adult) interested in the series build their vocabulary. It can be used as you read the series or after if you just want to look through it to learn what a word means. Then, you can look up the word in the books. I think this will be super handy for the classroom since the series appeals to so many people and students. It can really get children interested in learning and reading.
I also received Mugglenet.com’s Harry Potter Should Have Died book. I have visited Mugglenet.com previously as there are tons of things Potter related on the site. However, I had never seen this book. It features several pages of discussions on different topics/themes from the series/movies. It’s set up by introducing the question. Then, the various sides are explained. Lastly, they reach a verdict with a conclusion of which side is more right (if there is such a thing).
Since this book is written by fans of the series, I thought it was interesting to read. I have read all of the books (some multiple times) and seen the movies. However, not many people I know have. So, I can’t really discuss the plot with them as I don’t want to ruin the last movie for them. If you are waiting for the last movie to find out what happens, then don’t read this book. It discusses all of the books and the recent movies, so the plots are definitely revealed (and discussed). However, as a fan, I really enjoyed the book. One of the more interesting ones I read was “Is Severus Snape really a hero?”. Since reading the last book I can no longer force myself to hate him. Haha! It’s good to know I’m not the only one thinking about this character and storyline. Overall, it’s definitely a good read for any Harry Potter fan.
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