My wife has been reading the first Harry Potter book, Sorcerer’s Stone, to H the past couple of nights. I’ve caught myself listening to her reading, even making faces at H in response to passages in the book.
I’ve read parts of the books to myself before, and I think I’ve seen all the movies. So I, like most of the inhabitants of the Western world (maybe the whole world), have a working knowledge of the Potter story.
Hearing Rowling’s words read aloud to a little boy who is listening and reacting to every phrase is different than watching a film adaptation or even reading the words quietly. H and I were pulled in to a story that was very well put together from page one. A tale intelligently designed to catch one’s attention and lead one to relate with the young protagonist.
Storytelling is a powerful art, we are surrounded by so many stories told through so many mediums. Video, music, movies, games, on and on, there are so many amazing ways to tell stories. I was honestly caught a little off guard at how I was drawn in by a simple “low tech” reading aloud of a catchy tale.