You might ask why the review of J.K. Rowlings' lush settings and characters. It was prompted by a rare visit to a movie theater to watch the final episode in Harry's cinematic life. We own all the previous movies on DVD. My favorites are The Sorcerer's Stone and Order of The Phoenix. Dolores Umbridge has to be one of the all time best villians. I wonder who Rowling patterned her after? Was there a sadistic teacher in her past? Or did she have a frustrating experience with a bureaucrat that seeded that character? However she arose, Umbridge is brilliantly horrid, from her tittering ahem to her fuzzy pink sweaters.
The final installment of Deathly Hallows did not disappoint. The special effects awed us and even prepared, sniffling could not be avoided when Snape died. Curiously, most of those sharing our experience were middle-aged. It speaks to Potter's wide appeal which brings me back to the books. When I think of the kind of books I'd like to write, they are ones with unforgettable worlds and well-loved characters. I'll never stop honing my craft, but in the end, children care about the story. And no one can deny Rowling drove that nail home.
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist, and I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti at Open Book Literary.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor