"'Give me Harry Potter,' said Voldemort's voice, 'and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded.'"
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....
"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)
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Fantastic in every way
Look, the story is wonderful, everyone knows that. But what really makes this book (all seven of them) is the narration. Stephen Fry is an amazing narrator. He actually gives everyone different voices so that I know before the text says so who is speaking. And the way he sets scenes with different cadence… you know something scary/exciting/funny/distressing is about to happen before it happens because of the way he reads it. And the way he does people’s voices when they’re scared or crying or drunk or whatever, just – wow. Even Harry’s inside voice really changes with his mood. It’s all brilliant and extremely impressive and so enthralling. I think I cried and laughed and paused what I was doing to stare in shock more while reading the books like this than I ever did reading them with my eyes. So all in all, the best narration I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. And some of the best stories as well.
The scene that “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Yes, big time. As it was, it only took me a few days, and I went on more walks than usual just to have more excuses for plugging in those headphones!
- Alma Tiwe
Extraordinary in every possible way