Teenagers Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and their friends are entering their fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry under an ominous cloud: the evil wizard Voldemort has been restored to his full power yet the magical government, the Ministry of Magic, flatly refuses to believe this is so or to do anything about it.
With these rules in place, we were no longer bound to finish a chapter a night, which was good both for my kids and my voice (did I mention that the chapters are This was K's response to the boys after they asked questions about why something happened or why someone did something, and was a perfect example of an answer that was a) completely correct and b) very, very annoying.
I eventually had to ask her to stop responding with that statement every time the boys asked a question, and to her credit, she did.
This is because the chapters are longer still, many over twenty-five pages long, and with smaller font than the other books.
This is a book that demands to be read aloud in stages.
There are a few characters introduced in this book that go on to have major impacts upon the story.
I've tried to come up descriptions for the voices I used for them here.It's a wonderful read-aloud book, thanks to Rowling's continually excellent prose, but honestly, read it to your kids when they are mature enough to understand the gravity of the story.The first film adapted from JK Rowling's Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters, was released in 2001.In spite of its length, it's a roaring adventure, a thrilling chapter in young Harry's story, and a powerful teaching tool for what can happen when everyone doesn't believe you.It's also dark, scary, and probably not appropriate for younger kids.This was the first book where I implemented a new measure: if two kids fell asleep, at any time, we stopped reading no matter where we were.The remaining kid (often B, but sometimes K) would then get 15 minutes of reading to themselves in their room with a chosen book.I also made a corresponding rule: any kid who falls asleep will be caught up by me personally before the start of the next chapter.This helped A quite a bit, since he was constantly worried he missed something important.Harry's PTSD, as you might imagine, does not get better after this.The book is, in one word, rather oppressive for a "children's" book.